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Hamilton Grey Power March 2018

The Hamilton Grey Power Magazine is a localised edition of the National Grey Power Magazine, reporting on the policies of the Grey Power Federation, concerns of the elderly and reader interest articles which keep the members informed on issues that directly effect them.

Introducing Hon Tracey

Introducing Hon Tracey Martin Over the Christmas period covering January Tracey has been busy as she has written below. Last Month (January) I travelled from Auckland to Rotorua to visit a couple of facilities that I have interest in as, in the first instance, the Minister for Seniors and, in the second instance, Minister for children. Both of these visits were to Kiwis who did not really want to be there and both involved meeting amazing New Zealanders who were supporting, with care, those individuals. The first facility I visited was The CARE Village at Ngongotaha. The village is a community owned, not for profit charitable trust that opened in September 2017 and provided aged residential care with a difference. Its vision is to create a lifestyle that gives people with dementia as normal a life as • $48 Adult • $45 Gold card • $38 Child Ear Hygiene Discharging Ears Removal of wax by micro-suction For appointments 0800 327 435 Clinics in Hamilton, Matamata, Morrinsville, Putaruru, Te Aroha and Tokoroa Discount for ACC approved patients The Political Agenda for Seniors – As Minister for Seniors my role is to advocate for seniors. We have older New Zealanders living in poverty who need affordable housing. I want to keep that at the forefront of politicians’ minds. In the short term we’ve made a commitment to further enhancing the Super Gold Card and will be introducing a free annual health check and eye check for over 65’s. I also intend to make sure seniors are clearly identified as one of the recipients of the winter energy packet. My family is part Pakeha and part Maori and the connection to older people is extremely important to me. Tracey Martin possible and provides an opportunity for them not only to exist, but thrive. Based on the Dutch dementia village De Hogeweyk. The CARE village is designed to give people with dementia the opportunity to go about their normal lives. It replicates a small scale New Zealand town with 13 single level six and seven bedroom houses, each staffed by an individual caregiver. Each household looks and functions as a typical home, reflecting research that shows people with dementia are much happier when they live in an environment they can recognise as home. My grandfather suffered from dementia and at one stage was placed in a locked hospital ward. Visiting him was distressing, both for him and us. The ward he was in was not only for those with dementia but also catered for other mental illnesses. The level of stress on the patients, the staff and those visiting was obvious. The feeling of those visits has stayed with me for a long time my grandfather passed away in February 2000. What a difference it was to visit The CARE village, to pop in to the “homes” where smoked fish pie was being prepared for lunch in one while bacon and egg pie was almost ready in another. The atmosphere was calm and the residents able to potter around in the garden, plant flowers, even build a few paths. According to the managers, medications have dropped along with stress levels for all. The village is a three year pilot scheme that operates with support from the Ministry of Health. The Dementia Economic Impact Report 2016 tells us that approximately 62,287 New Zealanders are currently living with dementia, with 13,819 in residential care. The prevalence of dementia is estimated to grow to 170,212 by 2050, with an estimated 37,446 places being required in aged residential care. This pilot gives us an opportunity to evaluate the positive or negative effects this change of model could have for those Kiwis, and judge its affordability and long term sustainability. The second facility I visited was also a secure facility but at the other end of the spectrum. Te Maioha o Parekarangi Residence is a Youth Justice Residential Centre that was officially opened in 2010. The residence currently provides secure facilities for up to 30 young men aged 13 to 17 years, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. I was met with a rousing haka by the young men, followed by a haka powhiri. After the formalities two of the current residents took me on a guided tour of the facility. They were respectful, engaging and polite. Hopeful for their futures, both had achieved some NCEA credits and won scholarships to do further study on their departure from the residence. A great lunch was put on with one of my young tour guides being kind enough to finish the other half of my steamed pudding. I enjoyed myself. Both of these visits reinforced in me that those involved in both facilities do their best because they want the best for those in care and that everyone needs to be cared for sometimes. 8 Hamilton greypower Magazine | March 2018

Easter stories Easter this year starts for most on Good Friday March 30, followed by Easter Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Most see this is just a public holiday without little or no knowledge of the original understanding of the Christian death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. So they eat their hot cross buns, Easter eggs and Easter bunnies and head off to beach houses and hope that the sun shines for them still and perhaps a little fishing is done and a few sports games are played. So when and how did these variations occur to bring in, Easter bunnies; hot cross buns; Easter cards and flowers as well as the traditional church services? Good Friday sees the start of hot cross buns which used to be made to celebrate the end of Lent. The poor would make the buns after fasting for 40 days and sell them on the streets. The buns were originally plain and then the cross was added on the top to represent the crucifixion of Jesus and later spices were added to represent the spices that were used to embalm Jesus at his burial. The call of the London bun makers would be: Good Friday comes this month Watch the old women run, Calling “One a penny two a penny , Hot Cross Bun.” Easter Saturday – part of an Easter weekend which used to be called ‘Bright Saturday’ or ‘Easter Eve’. Easter Sunday – The resurrection of Jesus Christ when many Christians attend church services. So where did the Easter eggs originate from? Well they were given as gifts on the occasion of Easter or the northern springtime celebration. In the oldest tradition chicken eggs were dyed often in a rust or red colour. However the modern tradition as we know it is to wrap chocolate eggs in coloured foil. Eggs were traditionally a symbol of fertility or rebirth as with the resurrection of Jesus Christ. This custom can be traced back to early Christians of Mesopotamia and then spread to Russia and Siberia. Then we have to find out about those Easter bunnies, well it looks like Germany. The Easter bunny is a folklore figure and symbol of Easter, showing a rabbit or hare bringing Easter eggs in a basket. The German Lutherans used the Easter Hare as a judge to evaluate whether children had been good or disobedient in behaviour at the start of Eastertide. The eggs were delivered at night similar to a Santa Claus at Christmas, but at Easter. Therefore ‘Be Good’ children and you may receive an Easter egg. Easter cards and flowers are a continuation of all of the above and are meant to bring, warmth, love and joy to your family and friends to celebrate the Christian festival. Easter Monday is an additional day for holidays and family gatherings. So ‘Happy Easter’ to all our readers. Liz Funeral Director Ana-Maria Richardson Assisting Hamilton and Waikato families for many years with professionalism, friendly service and compassionate care. For personal service you can trust, phone Ana-Maria on: 07 211 4654 Mobile: 021 881 229 Email: Fallen and fractured easily? Family history of Osteoporosis? Concerns? Dexa Bone Density measurement is an easy accurate, non-invasive x-ray based test that will determine your risk of further fracture and assist in the management of osteoporosis. 0800 HAMRAD (426 723) No referral necessary, call today to make an appointment. Located at: Woolertons’ Funeral Home 127 Boundary Road, Hamilton Rototuna Branch Corner Thomas Rd & Horsham Downs Rd Next to Tui Medical Centre, Rototuna Shopping Complex B4695H Hamilton greypower Magazine | March 2018 9

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