Useful information for seniors

National Carers Week 12 October to 16 October

Conversations with Carers - free webinars each day 10.30am to 12pm

National Carers Week recognises and celebrates the outstanding contribution unpaid carers make to our community. Join us for a series of virtual talks about caring for a family member, friend or neighbour. You can book online or by phoning NSLHD Carer Support Service on 9462 9488.

Caring For An Older Person

Monday 12 October, 10.30am - 12pm, online via Zoom

Sue Pieters Hawke will reflect on her journey as a carer for her parents Hazel Hawke and Bob Hawke. Prof. Dimity Pond has strategies for getting the most out of a Dr’s appointment, including those uncomfortable conversations about dementia and cognitive impairment. Prof. Susan Kurrle, Geriatrician, will talk about frailty and care of an older person. Book online.

Resilience

Tuesday 13 October, 10.30am - 12pm, online via Zoom

Petrea King will share some tools and strategies to help carers care for themselves, so they may in turn care for others. Petrea will help you maintain hope, humour and optimism when living with and caring for a family member. Book online.

Let's Talk About Male Carers

Wednesday 14 October, 10.0am - 12pm, online via Zoom

Relationships Australia is a leading provider of relationship support services for individuals, families and communities. They aim to support all people in Australia to achieve positive and respectful relationships. Book online.

Better Outcomes For People With An Intellectual Disability

Thursday 15 October, 10.30am - 12pm, online via Zoom

Margaret Meaker will talk about a parent's journey in creating changes, and lifelong learning. Mr Vince Ponzio from the NSW Ministry of Health helps mental health services to meet the needs of people with intellectual disability and their families. Book online.

Trauma, Crisis Management and Care

Friday 16 October, 10.30am - 12pm, online via Zoom

Tarja Malone is a Social Worker who has worked in clinical and therapeutic settings with children, youth, parents and adults in areas of complex trauma and mental health. Roshan cares for a child with complex support needs. She will share the strategies that have worked for her family. Book online.

Exercise and relaxation classes

Active and Healthy - Find an exercise program

Active and healthy NSW - home exercises for seniors

Qi gong seniors exercise class

 

Services available while we social distance

Feeling stuck at home? There are a number of services that can make these unusual days a bit easier for the over-65s.

Ku-ring-gai Neighbourhood Centre can take your shopping list, shop for you and deliver your groceries to your front door. Contact 9988 4966 or info@knc.org.au

Meals on Wheels can deliver delicious freshly prepared meals (and toilet paper). Contact 9144 2044 or meals@kmow.org.au

Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Community Transport can pick and deliver your pharmacy prescription or spectacles. Contact 9983 1611 or info@communitytransport.org.au

Lifeline Community Aid can deliver emergency food packages and essentials. Contact 9498 5882 or comaid@lifelineh2h.org.au

You will be able to receive these services before registering with My Aged Care, but in order to receive these services longer term you will need to register online with My Aged Care or call 1800 200 422.

The Home Library bus will deliver a wonderful variety of reading matter to your front door even while the libraries are closed.

Social contact by phone

Ku-ring-gai Neighbourhood Centre – 9988 4966 and Lifeline Community Aid – 9498 5882 provide a phone contact service, with volunteers calling people regularly for a chat and to make sure they have everything they need. Call the service that you prefer to arrange a regular social phone call.

This could also be a great volunteering opportunity for people who are stuck at home – helpful to the volunteer as well as to the person receiving the phone call. 

Support for carers

The Carer Support Service will continue to assist carers during this challenging time. Call 9462 9488 or 0410 411 539 or email NSLHD-Carers@health.nsw.gov.au for:

  • Online and telephone support to carers who need emotional support.
  • Telephone support groups such as coffee telechats with carers.

  • Working with individualcarers, helping with navigation of community and social supports and services.

  • Assisting carers with their ongoing concerns. As well as related COVID-19 concerns.

Connecting safely online with family and friends

If you're having difficulty keeping in touch, you can find hints to help you connect on-line at Helping older Australians connect online.

It's important to be able to recognise scams when you come across them on-line. Learn how to avoid them at Avoiding scams and tricks.

Commonwealth home support program - My Aged Care

My Aged Care provides service and support for seniors, it is the main entry point to the aged care system in Australia. My Aged Care aims to make it easier for older people, their families, and carers to access information on ageing and aged care, have their needs assessed and be supported to find and access services.

If you are looking to receive a subsidised home care service you will need to contact My Aged Care to determine your eligibility and costs for the service.

You can do this by calling 1800 200 422 or go onto the My Aged Care website.

Seniors Out and About brochure

The Seniors Out and About brochure provides a fantastic overview of social and healthy activities, courses and clubs, volunteering opportunities, community service and transport organisations, libraries, and computer and art classes in our area.

The updated brochure also contains vital information on registering with My Aged Care if you need subsidised help such as meal delivery, transport to appointments or help in your garden.

Out and About & Help at Home brochure (pdf. 7MB)

Seniors and Aged Care Guide - no longer in print

The Seniors and Aged Care Guide is a comprehensive source of information for seniors living in Sydney's North Shore region. It covers services and facilities available such as accommodation, health, leisure and recreation providers.

The guide will also highlight the many community groups in your area, which is a great way of staying active and putting you in touch with like minded community members, neighbours and friends.

The 2015 Seniors and Aged Care Guide below is no longer in print. The guide is not being updated - it is there for reference purposes only.

Seniors and Aged Care Guide

Seniors Service Directory

You should also check out our Seniors Service Directory, which provides another fantastic overview of the services offered by private and community organisations in our area.

Home Care Services

Nursing Homes

Respite

Retirement Accommodation

Social Clubs and Groups

Bushwalking Groups

Fitness and Exercise

Continuing Education

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