Resources for older people

October 1st is International Day of Older Persons and to celebrate there’s a free Health, Safety and Wellbeing Expo at the Christchurch Convention Centre on October 4th.

In recognition of these events Shirley Library and the NLA team have collated some resources aimed at older people and their carers.

These are some of our favourites:

  •  Eldernet is an international gateway to seniors’ websites  including sections on health, housing, lifestyle, retirement and legal matters.  (Elder-net NZ provides up to date and comprehensive information especially for New Zealanders).
  • Age Concern NZ is an independent, charitable organisation that promotes quality of life, rights and well-being of older New Zealanders.
  • Greypower NZ is for New Zealanders aged 50+.   It acts as a public voice to represent issues and views of its members.
  • SuperGold Card is a discounts and concession card issued free to eligible seniors.  Holders can access a wide range of discounts and government entitlements.
  • The Office for Senior Citizens is administered by the Department of Social Development and promotes the rights and interests of older people including the New Zealand Positive Ageing Strategy.
  • Healthy Eating Healthy Ageing is a public health project based at The Princess Margaret Hospital in Christchurch. The aim is to improve the nutritional well-being and physical activity of older people living in the community.  Brochures are available from Community Health Information Centres (found at most libraries). Brochures include Shopping and Cooking for One and How to look after your Bones

  • Seniornet encourages older people to get on the internet and learn about information and communication technology.  They can learn anything from word-processing to surfing the net.
  • Older and Bolder and Keeping On(the official voice of Age Concern Canterbury) are free publications aimed at the over 50s.  Older and Bolder includes articles on health, cuisine, travel and entertainment.  Both are available from libraries as well as Senior Citizen clubs and doctors’ waiting rooms.
  • One Across is great for solving crossword puzzles for all ages.
  • The Yellow® Guide to Retirement Living is a free 296 page guide to key retirement decisions.  GrownUps (website for the 50+ community) have partnered with Yellow® to produce the guide and it’s available free from their website and other organisations including libraries.
  • You may not be aware that Christchurch City Council has an Ageing Together Policy.  It is committed to respecting people as they age, upholding their rights to independence, participation and access to opportunities and resources.

 Also make sure you check out Christchurch City Libraries resources:

 We know there are many more resources aimed at older people and their carers and it would be great if you could post a comment with your suggestions.

Shirley Library & NLAs

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