President’s Message

This year the approaching year-end coincides with the departure of the Society’s highly respected, revered and very long serving Manager, Jenny Boyer. Jenny will be retiring when the Society shuts for the Christmas holidays and the board are actively seeking a new Service Manager to nurture the organisation through the next period of development. Jenny…

Positive Ageing Expo

The Society will be exhibiting at the Positive Ageing Expo on Monday 29 September from 9.30am – 2.30pm at Papanui High School. Organised by Age Concern Canterbury in collaboration with Papanui High School to celebrate International Day of Older Persons, this is the eighth Expo and is set to be the biggest yet, with 115…

Noticeboard (August-October)

Total Mobility Update The date for starting the new Total Mobility Smart Card system has been delayed, so please ensure you continue to use the ID card and vouchers that you currently have. If you run out of vouchers, send in your used voucher books and you will be posted a set of new vouchers….

Applying for a Lottery Grant

You might qualify for a grant from the Lottery Individuals with Disabilities Committee to pay for the purchase of a vehicle, scooter or other disability equipment. These grants are aimed at helping people with disabilities achieve independence and participate in the community. Around 45% of applicants receive funding. The Committee considers a range of factors…

Is It Time To Reassess Your Driving Skills?

By Judy McKeown, RN (MS Resource Nurse) The demands of driving a car today are greater than ever, particularly in Christchurch, making it even more important for vehicles to be operated safely. But what happens when you or your GP believe it is time to reassess your driving skills? Driving assessments can be a great…

Exercise Opportunities for Partners

When we recently talked to spouses/partners of members with Parkinson’s, we were asked if we would consider opening the Society gym for all spouses/partners. This is not possible, so instead we have a few ideas on where you might be able to do more exercise. The Christchurch City Council has several leisure centres across the…

Staying Safe in the Bathroom

Bathroom falls are the most common ACC claim for older people but it’s easy to stand up to this risk as many falls can be prevented. Simple adjustments can reduce your chances of falling. Being confident on your feet and having a plan just in case you do fall are important as a fall, or…

Making Living Easier (and Safer!)

Shower and bath areas are potential safety hazards due to the unavoidable wet and slippery surfaces. However, the addition of a few simple items can make these areas safer. People of all ages can benefit from non-slip mats (from $20) which prevent slips and falls by providing traction for your feet when they are wet….

Aspire Scholarships for Outward Bound

Outward Bound are offering scholarships for their next Aspire course that cover 80% of the registration fee. This is a specially adapted low-impact course for people aged 27+ who have a physical limitation; past participants include people with early onset MS, arthritis, joint replacements and back injuries. Aspire is an 8-day course where you’ll get…

Dorothy L Newman Scholarship

MSNZ has opened applications for the Dorothy L Newman Scholarship which assists people who, as a result of having been diagnosed with MS, are unable to continue in their present employment and need to retrain in order to change their occupation. Applications are open solely to people with MS needing to retrain for paid employment….