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Age no barrier to adventure for independent travellers Eating piranha, swimming with sharks and exploring the Galapagos Islands aren’t activities for the faint-hearted but age shouldn’t be a barrier either, according to intrepid Stanmore Bay traveller Margureita Mims. Last year, Margureita, who is in her late 70s, undertook a month-long holiday in South America which included a week on the Rio Negro, one of the largest tributaries on the Amazon River, and a week exploring the Galapagos Islands on board the National Geographic Endeavour. “I was recovering from a knee replacement and I think my daughter thought I was mad, but I had a bit of spare money and thought ‘why not?’” she says. “I had such a fun time; it almost seems like a dream now.” Margureita criss-crossed between Brazil and Ecuador three times “with great views of Lake Titicaca”, although she found it disconcerting that before boarding the plane, she was asked the name of her next of kin. “The wilderness we flew over was so vast, you realised that if the plane went down there wouldn’t be much hope of anyone finding you.” For seven days on the Rio Negro trip, she
Magureita Mims tucks in to her share of the piranha caught on the Rio Negro. She says the flesh is very sweet but also boney.
rose at 5am to watch the wildlife waking up, often from the seat of a kayak. “We did at least two walks a day and then each night after dinner there was an excursion to see the nocturnal animals. It was a pretty demanding schedule with a lot to take in. I think I was running on adrenalin. “The highlight was definitely when we encountered monkeys in the wild. That was amazing.” The Galapagos leg of the trip included
tortoise-hunting, lots of time observing birds and wildlife, and swimming with sharks across the Equator. “When I got in the water I counted 10 sharks straight away, but they were deep and not very big so I didn’t worry.” Margureita, says travelling on her own doesn’t faze her. “My late husband Peter and I had done the whole cruise ship thing and I was looking for something a little
more adventurous where I could be active, rather than being entertained. “As long as you are a reasonably independent person, then travelling alone gives you the freedom to go where you like, see what you like and eat when you like. You meet people along the way and I’ve always found strangers are happy to give you directions or assistance.” Margureita said that prior to leaving, she did a lot of walking and swimming to make sure she was fit, and she maintains good health by eating well. “It’s important for older people to make sure that they carefully pack all the medications they’ll need for the duration of their holiday. It’s a good idea to take a few extra, just in case you are delayed somewhere. I also leave all my medical details with someone at home as a back-up, which gives me peace of mind. “Ask for an aisle seat on the plane, particularly if it’s going to be a long flight, as this makes it easier to get up and walk around and get to the toilet. “I also don’t travel with any jewellery or anything valuable, for that matter. It’s just one less thing to worry about. “But the most important thing is to ‘go with the flow’ and have fun.”
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Pack a sense of humour By Dennis Payne, House of Travel Orewa After 30 years in the travel industry, there’s a few tips which I’m happy to share to help people enhance their travelling experience. First and foremost is have a sense of humour alongside an empathy for people, different cultures and food. Understanding these makes travel a fantastic experience. With the advent of the internet, the opportunity to research information is greater than ever, the chance to compare prices, airlines, hotels and cruises is unlimited, but with that can come the confusion of information overload. Therefore, my next tip would be chat to friends, dabble online, but always sit down and have a good open conversation with your travel agent, as to what is going to work best for you – the price is invariably the same, so why not get some independent advice for free. Money is always a factor with travel – do I have enough, what currencies are required for my trip, how do I keep it safe? Regardless of where in the world you are, cash remains king for convenience, especially with small purchases. Second to that is your credit card, but in between would have to be multi-currency cards, which
have replaced travellers cheques. They work like an eftpos card, so you can take money from ATMs or use them in local businesses, but if they are lost or stolen they have a secondary card to allow access to your funds. So tip three is get a multi-currency card. My fourth tip covers travel insurance, which is a ‘must’ but is often considered an afterthought. It needs to be part of your first conversation, as it kicks in the moment you make the first payment. In the case of an airfare, it covers all cancellation fees. Medical coverage is a big deal, especially in expensive places such as the US or Third World countries, where you want to be flown on to the best medical treatment. Mode of travel is a very personal thing so I won’t consider any one mode as a travel tip, but will suggest you do consider the pluses and minuses of all available options. We actively promote cruising as it allows you to take in multiple destinations along the way and only unpack once. The last travel tip was one I was given in my early days and we have all heard it again and again. When you are preparing for the trip, lay out all the clothes and money that you believe you will need. I then suggest you take half the clothes and twice the money. Happy travelling!
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Companionship & Fun Morning Activities for Seniors 65+ Vacancies for New Members We have vacancies at our Red Beach and Stanmore Bay centres. Wed and Thurs, 10am–12.30pm. Come along, enjoy fun activities, gentle exercises and meet new friends. Enjoy crafts, speakers and outings. Morning tea and lunch provided, all for just $5. Transport available for a very small charge. Volunteer enquiries are most welcome
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Grey Power grills candidates Local government candidates for the Hibiscus & Bays Local Board will be questioned on issues affecting the elderly when they attend a Hibiscus Coast Grey Power forum on August 30. Each of the local body hopefuls, who will face the polls in October, will be given time to present their credentials. This will be followed by a question and answer session. The meeting will be held in the St John’s Church Hall, Centreway Road, starting at 1.30pm. Branch secretary Simonne Dyer predicts that an Auckland Transport (AT) proposal to change the Gold Card hours could be one of the contentious issues at the meeting. AT wants Gold Card passengers off the buses by 3pm to accommodate rush hour commuters. “No decision has yet been made,” Simonne says. “Grey Power believes 3pm is too early in the day, but we can understand AT’s point-of-view as well. Negotiations are continuing.”
Candidates are also likely to be quizzed on their views on Council rates and building heights. Simonne says Grey Power has about 600 members on the Coast, but this represents only a small percentage of the area’s population aged over 50 years and they are keen to recruit new members. She says the organisation plays an important role in advocating for the interests of the elderly and meets regularly with senior government ministers to discuss issues such as electricity charges. “But we can also assist people on an individual basis. On the Coast, this has ranged from the location of a pedestrian crossing to overgrown trees on neighbouring properties. We also keep a watching brief on rest home care.” Meetings for members and potential members are held quarterly. For more information about Grey Power on the coast, contact Simonne on 424 1315 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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Community support and friendship for the over 65s St Stephen’s Church Hall 3 Stanmore Bay Road Fridays 9.30 am - 12.00 noon Whangaparaoa Selwyn Centre offers fun, support and friendship to our over 65 community. Come and meet new and old friends. Share a programme of gentle exercises, games and morning tea - and enjoy good conversation in great company! Please contact Jill McTeigue 09 421 0645
The development of new drugs for improving Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease is a step closer after recent research into how stem cells migrate and form circuits in the brain. A five-year study by researchers at The University of Auckland’s Centre for Brain Research has uncovered new information on how connectivity between brain cells is improved or worsened. “We have begun testing new novel drug compounds that target how polysialic acid is removed from the
cell in the hope of improving neuron connectivity,” senior researcher Dr Maurice Curtis says. “In our studies in cells we found that insulin blocks the removal of polysialic acid and, therefore, the cell cannot connect properly and form synapses with other nearby cells. “This may hold major clues to why there is less plasticity in brains affected by Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease in adults as well as helping to unlock the secrets of how stem cells migrate during development of the brain.”
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Nutrition is a life-long goal Good nutrition and keeping physically active is essential for good health at any age, but is especially important as people grow older. Massey University’s Institute of Food, Nutrition and Human Health senior lecturer Dr Carol Wham says the process of ageing involves not only physiological changes but changes in cognition, social health and lifestyle which may have a profound influence on a person’s nutritional status and affect their nutrient requirements and ability to choose, prepare and eat a variety of foods. “Generally, energy requirements decrease with advancing age,” she says. “This can be explained by a decrease in basal metabolic rate with age as a result of a loss in muscle mass. For this reason, engaging in regular physical activity in as many ways as possible is very protective. Digging in the garden and climbing stairs are examples of activities that help build muscle mass and strength. Household activities, tai chi and brisk walking can help with balance, flexibility and fitness. Keeping physically active also has a positive impact on dietary intake. It helps to ensure older people actually eat enough to meet their energy and nutrient needs.” One of the key factors that impact on the nutritional health of older people is living alone. Eating is facilitated by the presence of other people no matter what age we are, Dr Wham says. Research indicates it is not simply the
presence of others in the household that has an impact on caloric intake; rather, it is whether someone eats with someone else present. “We know energy or caloric intake is higher for meals consumed in the presence of others so there is opportunity for people in neighbourhoods to reach out and help those who are homebound or eat alone.” Older people are known to be at disproportionate risk of malnutrition and have an increased risk of developing health problems as a result of inadequate food and nutrition intake. “We have recent evidence from NZ studies that suggests about a third of community living octogenarians are at risk of malnutrition. Common problems are a low intake of milk and milk products, weight being less than it should be, low meat and alternatives intake, and skipping meals. “Active ageing benefits society as a whole because healthy older people contribute as workers, volunteers and providers of care and support, and require fewer health care resources.” On an individual level, the benefits of healthy eating include increased alertness, resistance to illness and disease, higher energy levels, faster recuperation times and better management of chronic health problems. Eating well can also contribute to a positive outlook and staying emotionally balanced.
Welcome to the place where neighbours become friends. When you are picking a spot to retire, the place is always important, but it is the people that make the biggest difference. At Hibiscus Coast Village you will find them a friendly, fun-loving bunch. Active? You bet. There is always something going on and everyone is welcome to join in. In fact, chances are you will find yourself busier than you have ever been! For a taste of this fantastic lifestyle and a good old-fashioned Kiwi community that is just a
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1. Maintain a healthy body weight by eating well and by daily physical activity. 2. Include in your daily diet a variety of nutritious foods from each of the four major food groups: Eat plenty of vegetables and fruit • Eat plenty of breads and cereals, preferably wholegrain • Include milk and milk products, preferably reduced or low-fat options • Include lean meat, poultry, seafood, eggs, nuts, seeds or legumes. 3. Drink plenty of liquids each day, especially water. 4. Prepare foods or choose pre-prepared foods, drinks and snacks: with minimal added fat, especially saturated fat • that are low in salt (if using salt, choose iodised salt) • with little added sugar (limit your intake of high-sugar foods). 5. Take opportunities to eat meals with other people. 6. Eat three meals every day. Nutritious snacks are recommended, especially for those who are underweight or have a small appetite. 7. Consider food safety when purchasing, preparing, cooking and storing food. 8. If choosing to drink alcohol, limit your intake. 9. Be physically active by including at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity on most days of the week.
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are being urged to take the bowel screening test by a man who calls himself the luckiest person in the country. Bruce Ogilvy, a healthy and active 59-year-old, took part in Waitemata District Health Board’s free bowel screening programme. The test picked up his cancer early, when it could be succesfully treated. Bowel cancer is the second most common cancer in New Zealand and the second highest cause of cancer death. “I had no signs or symptoms of anything wrong at all,” Bruce says. “But my initial test at home came back positive and a follow-up colonoscopy showed cancer. I had surgery and chemotherapy and now I feel great. I am so pleased I took part in the bowel screening programme.” Bruce has a simple message for everyone living in the region who is eligible to take part in the pilot. “Take the test! Just do it! It is the best thing I have ever done – I feel like I have won lotto,” he says. Bruce is one of 60 people found to have bowel cancer during the first 12 months of the pilot. The programme’s clinical director, surgeon Mike Hulme-Moir, says cancers are being found in people who had no signs or symptoms to suggest there could be a problem with their bowel. “More than 60 percent of the cancers detected during the first year of the pilot are early stage bowel cancers, which is a higher percentage than is seen in a normal clinical setting where people have symptoms.”
Bruce Ogilvy is testament that the free bowel screening pilot programme is already saving lives.
Mr Hulme-Moir says the good news is that ealier stage cancers can be treated more successfully, and the outcomes for patients are generally very good. The Ministry of Health has just released data from the first year of the pilot, from January to December 2012 showing: yy Bowel cancer was found in 60 people yy 54,450 people were invited to take part in the pilot yy More than 29,000 returned a sample that was tested in the laboratory. yy More than 1400 people had a colonoscopy at the pilot’s endoscopy unit at Waitakere Hospital. The $24 million pilot is being run in the Waitemata DHB area until 2015. People aged 50 to 74 years who live in the DHB area are eligible to take part. See your doctor now if you have any bowel symptoms that concern you. Info: Call 0800 924 432 or visit www. bowelscreeningwaitemata.co.nz.
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John Hyde (left) chats with his mate Irving Chester at Maygrove Village in Orewa. Age Concern’s visiting service brought the pair together and shared interests have forged a friendship.
Visitors forge friendships A service that links elderly people with a friendly visitor is in need of more volunteers. Age Concern has offered the visiting service locally for more than a decade and currently has 137 volunteer visitors, including 23 on the Hibiscus Coast. Sub-coordinator Elke Hillman says Age Concern takes care to match volunteers with clients of similar interests who live in the same area. The majority of the clients are in their eighties or older. Friendships are often made through the service and this is certainly the case for John Hyde, aged 90, who first visited 101-year-old Irving Chester, in Maygrove Village, a year ago. According to John, he and Irving became friends because they both have a background in engineering and “talk the same language”. Irving was the inventor of a metal cupboard latch popular in kitchens in the 1950s, as well as the plastic Kiddy Guard fitting which is still used to child-proof light sockets.
He also spent months at a time travelling around NZ and the Pacific Islands in the 1930s converting equipment used for silent movies, after the introduction of sound. With several family members living overseas, Irving enjoys John’s weekly visits, which are spent going for drives or simply having a chat. The pair has had a few adventures including a behind-the-scenes tour of the North Shore Airfield, with Irving transported around the facility on a golf buggy. John, who volunteers for a number of local organisations, including Hibiscus Hospice and SOSSI, was a tool maker and says he and Irving have conversations that anyone outside the trades would find difficult to understand. “I think we both look forward to the visits now,” he says. To find out more about being a volunteer visitor, email Ros Capper, email@example.com or phone 09 489 4975 Ext 107.
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Pictured at the Probus presentation are, from left, club vice-president Bill Anderson, Mary and Bill Smith, and club president Dr John Salmon.
Retirees flock to Probus The guest of honour at a midyear luncheon, organised by Men’s Probus Club of Hibiscus Coast last month, was centenarian Bill Smith and his wife Mary. Mr Smith has been an active club member since joining in 2001. The Hibiscus Coast club was the first to be formed in Rodney in 1982 and last year, celebrated it’s 30th anniversary. Current membership stands at 113 and it is one of 449 clubs in New Zealand involving some 43,000 members. Each club is sponsored by Rotary under its Community Service Programme. Club publicity officer Graeme McIntosh says Probus is believed to be one of the fastest growing organisations for active retirees. All clubs meet monthly and the meeting format involves club business followed by a club speaker, morning tea and guest speaker.
Most clubs have a schedule of trips to places of local interest and various other social activities throughout the year. Interest groups such as photography, theatre outings, walking, computer skills and travel are found in some clubs. Annual membership fees vary between $15 and $30 Graeme says that unlike many other clubs, Probus has no community service obligations. “Most of us have ‘been there done that’ and look to Probus as simply a club where you can enjoy fun, fellowship and friendship.” On the Hibiscus Coast, there are now six participating clubs offering membership – three ladies-only clubs, one for men-only and two mixed clubs. New members are always welcome. Info: www.probushibiscuscoast.org.nz
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The number of New Zealanders aged 65 years and over is projected to rise significantly in the coming decades as the baby boom cohorts enter this age group from 2011. The population aged 65 years and over is expected to double by 2051, when they will make up one-quarter or more of all New Zealand residents.
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Heidi May, with her sons Brodie, 4, and Ethan, 6. Personal histories are a way for family members to communicate across generations.
Stories kept for posterity A grandfather’s stories of his war service, which were never written down, have prompted an Orewa mother to start recording the personal stories of the elderly. Heidi May says her husband’s grandfather Gordon Hare sat down one Anzac Day and gave his family a very personal account of how the war was for him. “Our greatest regret is that we kept no record of his words,” Heidi says. “Now he’s gone and so are those stories, which we will never be able to hear again.” Heidi, who lost her own grandparents when she was young, decided to start by recording her husband’s nana’s story. “I gave the draft to my husband Rick to read and he just turned to me and said ‘this is what you should be doing’ and it started from there. I’ve done a couple of life stories since then and I’m beginning to realise what a wonderful gift these people are giving to their families; something that can only become more valuable as the years go by.
“I’m also getting to hear some really interesting stories about life in the suburbs of early Auckland, war memories and farming life in early NZ.” The process starts with a structured question and answer interview, which usually takes about an hour-and-ahalf. Heidi then transcribes the tape and provides a draft of the text, which can be corrected and amended as necessary. The client also gets to check the final proof before the booklet is printed. Included with the text are photographs, which capture different stages and milestones in their lives. Heidi says the point of the project is to get a sense of the person and what was important to them, rather than being too biographical. Some have been done at the request of children who are looking for something special to mark an anniversary or birthday, while others have been presents from a grandparent to their grandchild. “It’s a real privilege to be part of capturing these stories before they are lost,” Heidi says.
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The Go Digital team was in Orewa last month to explain the changes which will take effect on the Hibiscus Coast on December 1. Senior communications manager Sam Cummins is pictured with Orewa resident Arthur Waller.
Digital TV countdown on An estimated 1500 homes with TVs in Rodney could be watching a static screen on December 1 if they don’t take some action soon to transfer to a digital system. “Across the upper North Island, 92 percent of homes now have digital TV, but eight percent of homes need to get Freeview, Igloo or Sky to keep watching,” Going Digital national manager Greg Harford says. He says going digital doesn’t mean buying a new TV. In most cases, all that is needed is either a UHF aerial or a satellite dish, and the right kind
of set-top box. The services available depend on where you live. Special assistance is available for residents aged over 75 years who have a community services card or who are on a veterans pension. The offer is also available to anyone receiving a supported living payment because they have a health condition or disability that impacts on your ability to work, and former recipients of the veteran’s pension who converted to NZ superannuation at age 65. Info: 0800 838 800 or www. goingdigital.co.nz
• People aged 65 years and over make up a large and growing proportion of New Zealand’s population. In the 2006 Census of Population and Dwellings, people aged 65 years and over numbered 495,606 and made up 12.3 percent of the total usually resident population. Those aged 85 years and over numbered 56,667 and made up 1.4 percent of the population. • In the 2006 Census, women aged 65 years and over outnumbered men by a ratio of 124 women to 100 men. Life expectancy for women is greater than for men, at 81.9 years compared with 77.9 years. (Statistics NZ)
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Home obstacle courses In the good old days, I used to do home visits. Not only did it give me the opportunity to escape the madness of the office, it gave me a rare glimpse into how my patients lived in their home environment. I was always amazed that some of my most frail and vulnerable elderly patients’ homes were virtual mine fields of fall risks. Stacks of books, overcrowded furniture, bunched up carpets, steps and the occasional pet poodle all waiting to be tripped over. Falling is serious business. Almost daily I see members of our older population who are at a high risk for falls or who have had serious consequences from a tumble. These can vary from cuts and bruises to broken bones. I have even had a few patients throughout the years whose fall proved to be fatal. As our bodies age, bones become more brittle, balance and things like eyesight and hearing become less reliable. Diseases such as stroke and dementia can reduce coordination, diabetes can reduce the feeling in the feet, heart disease can cause the heart and circulation to become less able to cope with sudden changes in posture. Most people over 65 years of age have some form of medication and many of these such as chronic sleeping pills for example have been proven to contribute to an increased risk of falling. Since many of these factors cannot be avoided, it is even more important to prevent falls in other ways. Unfortunately, the body does not always do what the mind wills it to so it is even more important to be aware of potential fall risks at home since that is where most falls occur. Make sure that there are as few obstacles to walking as possible. Hand grips can be installed in bathrooms and toilets if needed. If you have a walker, use it in and around the home as well as when you are out and about. Make sure that any shoes or slippers worn at home fit well. Ensure that any door frames or steps can be easily passed. It is also a good idea to have a personal alarm, even if you are not alone at home. It’s an even better idea to wear it. An alarm doesn’t do much good lying on the night-stand. Probably the most important advice is to be patient and take your time. It could mean the difference between morning tea and a trip to the emergency department.
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Mothers join Latch On
AT WARKW O R TH
Breastfeeding women on the Hibiscus Coast will join thousands of mothers worldwide on August 2 for the annual Big Latch On, a synchronized breastfeeding event in multiple locations. The event is organised to raise awareness of the value of breastfeeding globally. The Hibiscus event will be held at the Hoyts Cinema Hibiscus Coast, Whangaparaoa, on August 2 at 10.30am.
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Phone 09 424 0477
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