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Seniors Community Morning Tea

Representatives from Mercury Bay Medical Centre, Te Korowai Hauora O Hauraki, and Whitianga Social Services realise that nearly 35% of Whitianga and its surrounding areas are over the age of 65.
 |  Verna Carr  | 

This well-being information morning at Mercury Bay Club was very well attended.

On Wednesday, July 3, a community morning tea was organised for the seniors. It was hosted at the Mercury Bay Club.

The purpose was to keep people informed about the different resources and services available in the community. Guest speakers from various organisations are invited to share their knowledge as to how they can help and assist those who are challenged by physical, emotional, and mental health issues.

The guest speakers for this event were:

Francine Hills is a health promoter from Age Concern Hauraki. Francine had the audience in fits of laughter with dancing and clapping exercises and imitating the movements of a 1950’s secretary. Francine runs two programmes for people over 65 at the Continuing Health Care Centre on Thursday afternoons, 1.30-2.30pm, for a gold coin donation. The first is Steady as You Go©, which is for strength, balance, and fall prevention; the other is CO-Lab Movement, a dance class set to music that involves 45 sitting and standing exercises. Contact her at support@achc.oorg.nz, Ph. 07 868 9790.

Angela Comer is a registered legal executive with Comer Legal. Angela talked about the importance of the Enduring Powers of Attorney and what this entails, mainly that it gives someone peace of mind, knowing that their affairs are taken care of by someone they trust, if, for whatever reason, they are unable to make these decisions for themselves. Angela offers a mobile service and is happy to meet people in their homes. Her contact details are: angela@mobilelawsolutions.co.nz, Ph. (07) 2420042.

Jess Khouri is the community facilitator for Whitianga Social Services. Jess informed the audience about the total mobility service now available in Whitianga. Those who are eligible can receive up to 75% of a taxi fare, a godsend for those who can no longer drive. Whiti City Cabs now has a cab that has wheelchair access. Contact Jess at jessica.k@wcst.org.nz, Ph,866 4476- Ext. 119.

Lisa Jury, from Te Korowai Hauora O Hauraki, helps seniors with long-term conditions manage their lives. Lisa also runs fall prevention, strength, balance, and mobility classes with standing and sitting options. Enjoy fitness and social contact with like-minded people. The classes are held at the Anglican Church on Dundas St., Thursdays, 10 a.m.–11 a.m., for $2. Her contact details are: lisa.jury@korowai.co.nz, Ph. 027 285 2483.

Yvette Simpson is the welfare advisor at Mercury Bay Medical Centre. Yvette wants to keep people well and safe. She knows how even the smallest misadventure impacts physical, mental, and emotional health. Yvette has a wealth of knowledge and community connections; her role is to assist people in getting the help and resources they need by filling out forms and by providing social, welfare, and financial information. Yvette has access to and is happy to share an educational booklet called Navigating Wellness on primary health, wellbeing, management, and prevention. Mercury Bay Medical Centre offers Yvette’s expertise as a free service on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Appointments are necessary.

Tyler Save and Annie Nicol, both from Te Korowai Hauora O Hauraki, offer health improvement therapy; they also work at the Mercury Bay Medical Centre on Wednesdays. Tyler and Annie deal with distress and mental and emotional wellbeing. Their approach is both holistic and clinical. Patients registered with Te Korowai could be eligible for 4-6 free sessions to receive support in dealing with mental health, advocacy, emergency food, ACC navigation, healthy homes, and disability services.

As people age and reach the later years of retirement, they often need more support. Knowing what help and resources are available and where to go or what to do can be confusing. The sympathetic and caring staff representing the Mercury Bay Medical Centre, Te Korowai Hauora O Hauraki, and Whitianga Social Services address the question of what seniors need assistance with the most. Between them, they would have or know of services and resources that provide: personal care, medication management, nutrition and meal support, mobility and transportation, mental and emotional healthcare, money management, safety and security, fitness, exercise, and social interaction.

Contact these organisations if you need support, they are there to help you. If you have any suggestions of what you would like to have discussed or be informed about at the next morning tea, then please feel free to give feedback.