In June the Seniors Hub clients welcomed Reverend Michael Armstrong the Senior Minister of the Anglican Parish of Hunters Hill to their session. Reverend Michael was kind enough to share one of his memory boxes with us. His memory box was filled with old photographs and cameras, which he used to spark a very lively conversation about holidays, family traditions and the various sporting activities our clients perhaps enjoyed in their youth.
A memory box is a simple yet very effective reminiscing tool. In old age, childhood memories may become vivid, and recent memories may become hazy. A memory box containing meaningful memory joggers, personal items and photos can be a source of pleasure and encouragement as people make the journey into old age. Each item in the box can hold a memory that can be revisited time and time again.
A memory box is there to be shared with others of a similar age, it allows us to remember together and reaffirm our identities as well as to help us remember who we were and are.
Inspired by the success of the memory box we contacted the Hunters Hill Quilters to help the Seniors Hub staff create a Quilting Memory Box. The quilters were quick to respond and brought us a bagful of beautiful materials, scraps of lace and even a thimble.
The staff added a multitude of colourful buttons, threads and sewing tools. We are also looking for a half finished small quilt to add to the box. Quilting is a favourite pastime of several of our ladies, and we are sure that the Quilting Memory Box will spark many lovely memories.
This is such a beautiful example of using our diverse community resources. A big thank you to the Hunters Hill Quilters and Reverend Michael for supporting our work!
Did you know that mentally challenging activities such as chess may help prevent Alzheimer's disease? Keeping the brain active helps increase its vitality and may build its reserves of brain cells and connections. You could even generate new brain cells. A German study by Dr. Robert Freidland featured in The New England Journal of Medicine found that people over the age of 75 who regularly engage in activities like chess are less likely to develop Dementia and Alzheimer's than their non-board-game-playing peers. Proof that there is all the more reason to play chess!
If you are novice or expert player, please feel free to come and join the Hunters Hill Seniors Chess Group where you can enjoy a hot cup of coffee while you play chess with other like-minded peers. This is a non-competitive social chess group suitable for players of all levels. The group meets weekly at Ironwood Coffee. For more information, please contact us on 9817 0101.
On Thursday the 22nd of June, another wonderful Master Chef Class was held at the Seniors Hub. Chefs Geraldine and Eugenia shared their passion for cooking once again with all staff and clients in attendance. This time the master chefs cooked Geraldine's "potato bake" recipe, which consists of layers of potatoes with parmesan cheese, olive oil and garlic. The bake is accompanied by "sausage rolls" containing beef mince and onions. Lynette, our lovely social support worker, added a touch of "green" with a delicious composed apple and mandarin salad.
The Master Chef Class not only stimulates our clients sense of taste but also encourages them to enjoy eating as a social activity. It is a good way to increase social participation among the group as they observe and ask questions about the cooking process. It also enables clients to develop their culinary skills and strengthen their self-esteem.
Three delicious meals including gnocchi, moussaka and "potato bake" have been cooked so far as part of our Master Chef Class. All the dishes were delicious and we can't wait for our next class!
A special thank you to the Seniors Hub staff that organise our Master Chef classes and help our clients realise their potential.
For photos of the Master Chef Classes, please follow the link below:
The Legal Pathways for Older People project is a partnership between Council on the Ageing NSW (COTA NSW) and Legal Aid NSW. This project aims to help older people obtain free or reduced cost legal assistance.
The type of assistance given may be a face-to-face consultation, or a referral to an appropriate legal service. This assistance is available to Aged Pensioners or holders of a Commonwealth Seniors Health Card.
Documents such as Wills; an Enduring Power of Attorney; or Appointment of Enduring Guardianship can be drawn up by a qualified solicitor at the office of COTA NSW or through a solicitor at the locations listed below.
COTA NSW office: 280 Pitt Street, Sydney (close to Town Hall station)
Solicitors are available at: Avoca Beach; Blacktown; Camden; Campbelltown; Cronulla; East Gosford; Liverpool; Newcastle; Newport; Parramatta; Penrith; Sutherland; Taree/Forster/Tuncurry and Wollongong.
This project offers free consultations with solicitors to draw up documents for a fee of $50 per document to cover costs. If the solicitor who sees you thinks that your financial circumstances and/or the amount of work involved in
helping you means you fall outside the scope of this service the solicitor will advise you of this and refer you to a more appropriate legal service. All appointments need to be booked through COTA NSW:
Phone: (02) 8268 9616
1800 449 102 Press 2 for Legal Pathways Line
(for callers outside Sydney metro)
For more information, please click on the following link:
Dowload the Legal Pathways flyer.
Please find below a message from Warren Bell, HHRCS President, on the merger of Lane Cove and Northside Community Services and Hunters Hill Ryde Community Services :
"I am writing to tell you that the Members of Lane Cove and Northside Community Services and Hunters Hill Ryde Community Services have unanimously approved the merger of the two organisations.
The Boards of both organisations presented the option of a merger to the membership following a six-month assessment process. Central to the decision today is our shared vision of creating a stronger, community managed organisation that will build on our combined strengths, values and continue our local identities.
Sydney Community Services Ltd is the new name for the merged organisations. We are committed to ensuring that customer service is not disrupted throughout the process of transition.
We thank you for your continued support and look forward to working with you into the future.