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Tēnā koutou katoa

What a busy time we have had over the past two weeks. Last week many of our team tuned in to watch the Ageing Migrants in Aotearoa Policy Seminar Presentation which presented research findings in the field of ageing and migration. Please also check out the The Growing Old in an Adopted Land website, this project investigates the ageing experiences of migrant communities in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Another event many of us joined was Cyber Scams Awareness For Senior Kiwis, which you can watch here. Crime Stoppers and Transparency International New Zealand held the event to inform and educate older people about cyber scams in Aotearoa New Zealand.

We are also working on a few submissions that you may want to have your say on. The Ministry for Housing and Development is asking for feedback by 10th November, on it's Long-term Insights Briefing: The long-term implications of our ageing population for our housing and urban futures.

Many of you will also have seen that the government has introduced a Charities Amendment Bill into Parliament, the new date for submissions is on 9 December.

Steven Moe of Parry Field Lawyers is helpfully organising a range of information sessions to give insights into the Act changes which you can register to join:

We now enter the run to the end of the year with many priorities to juggle. Please remember to take care of yourself and those around you in this busy and sometimes stressful time.

Ko te pae tawhiti, whāia kia tata, ko e pae tata, whakamaua kia tina
Seek out distant horizons and cherish those you attain.

Ngā mihi
Age Concern New Zealand, Senior Management Team

News and Events

Covid Update

Free medicines to treat COVID-19. 

COVID-19 antiviral medicines can help you if you are at risk of becoming very sick with COVID-19. They reduce the amount of virus in your body so you do not get as sick, and you are less likely to go to hospital.

World Diabetes Day

World Diabetes Day (WDD) was created in 1991  in response to growing concerns about the escalating health threat posed by diabetes. World Diabetes Day became an official United Nations Day in 2006. It is marked every year on 14 November, the birthday of Sir Frederick Banting, who co-discovered insulin along with Charles Best in 1922.

WDD is the world’s largest diabetes awareness campaign reaching a global audience of over 1 billion people in more than 160 countries. The campaign draws attention to issues of paramount importance to the diabetes world and keeps diabetes firmly in the public and political spotlight.

Diabetes NZ are running and action month in November - see how to get involved.

Tindall Foundation's Annual Report

The focus of The Tindall Foundation (TTF) is to support programmes and initiatives that will influence positive change for our people and planet.

Take a look at the amazing mahi they support in the Tindall Foundation  2021/2022 Annual Report - Enriching communities from grassroots to systems change.

#MedSafetyWeek 2022 starts today!

From 7 to 13 November 2022, medicines regulators around the globe join forces to launch a social media campaign that raises awareness of adverse drug reactions. The theme for 2022 is ‘How patients and healthcare professionals make safety work’.

All medicines may cause side effects. Medsafe monitors the safety of medicines to help protect patients from harm. You can help them make medicines safer for everyone. Please report any suspected side effects from medicines

Every report counts.
#ReportSideEffects #PatientSafety

World Pneumonia Day

World Pneumonia Day, marked every year on 12 November, was established by the Stop Pneumonia Initiative in 2009 to raise awareness about the toll of pneumonia

Pneumonia is a respiratory disease that disproportionately affects older adults and young children. The Every Breath Counts Coalition is the world’s first public-private partnership to support national governments to end pneumonia deaths by 2030.  #WorldPneumoniaDay

Send early this Christmas

To give your gifts the best chance of getting under the tree on time, you won’t want to leave sending them to the last minute. NZ Post sending cut-off dates are a useful guide for helping you get your gifts where they need to be in time for Christmas, whether you’re sending within NZ or overseas.

Research and Resources

Are You OK website now offers 24/7 support for survivors of family violence

In Aotearoa New Zealand one in three people will experience physical and/or sexual violence from an intimate partner in their lifetime. While family violence help is available, not everyone knows how to access it.

Associate Minister for Social Development and Employment Hon Priyanca Radhakrishnan announced that MSD has significantly improved the online help available for people affected by family violence, including a new website, In Your Hands, to support behaviour change for users of violence.

The redeveloped Are You OK website now provides 24/7 telephone and online webchat help for victims/survivors of family violence and those supporting them to be safe. There are also two new tools a Check It Out quiz and a Service Finder tool.

Give Good Gift Cards

Do you need to buy someone a gift or are you planning your Christmas shopping? You don’t need to buy stuff to show you care.

Give a Good Gift Card from The Good Registry - recipients have the joy of giving to causes they care about. They can choose from 65 charities in Aotearoa - Including Age Concern New Zealand!

Book Review: A Well Mind

The Tools for Attaining Mental Wellbeing

A Well Mind provides a holistic approach to mental wellness that explores how we can begin to feel better mentally by improving how we care for our physical health. Author Lisa Parkinson Roberts has struggled with mental health, and here she explains the tools and expertise which have helped her regain control of how she feels. Improve your eating, sleep, stress management and exercise routines, and ultimately your mental health, with this essential guide to feeling the best you can in your mind!

A gift for you!

To get a 20% discount on all books just use the code AgeWell at the Exisle Publishing webstore


Blog: You can help by reporting suspected side effects to medicines

The seventh annual #MedSafetyWeek starts today and runs until 13 November. The goal is to encourage everyone to report suspected side effects of medicines. This year’s global event involves medicines regulators from 82 countries worldwide. It focuses on the important role that everyone has in reporting suspected side effects and contributing to medicines safety.

Read the full blog

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