This Christmas, it’s important to think about the elderly in our community. Christmas is a very busy and often stressful time of year, and Wesley Elder Care is taking this opportunity to remind the people of Wellington to check on the elderly living nearby.
Wesley Elder Care in Naenae is caring for the elderly on a community level. The Wesley Village is hosting a pilot dementia-friendly community social group called “The Ageing Well group”.
Tracey Scott, Community Development Co-ordinator of Wesley Community Action began the t group in November bring older people together with the help of volunteers to engage in fun and meaningful activities and to enjoy each other’s company.
Tracey says, “In the short time the group has meeting, some wonderful relationships have developed amongst the group members and between members and volunteers. It has been delightful to see their faces light up when playing with the visiting under 5’s playgroup from Wesley Village, and playing with George “the therapy” puppy. It has meant so much to be able to give to the community at large via Hutt Timebank, by making Boomerang Bags and growing veges from seeds.”
“One lady has been hard to tear away from the sewing machine at the end of the day, having rediscovered the joy she used to get from this.”
The group bagged up donated toiletries into gift bags for social workers to distribute to isolated elderly in the Hutt who otherwise wouldn’t have received a gift. Tracey says the feedback has been fantastic.
“It has been so heartwarming and poignant, that doing such a small thing can mean so much. Perhaps best of all, the members with dementia have flourished in the group, talking, laughing and actively participating in everything.”
Claire Booth, manager of Elder Care sees the importance of this group. “Unfortunately a recent funding bid to continue this group was declined, however we continue to hope that we will find funding to continue this group in the New Year”.
For more information and to express interest in attending a future Ageing Well group, please contact Tracey Scott firstname.lastname@example.org, or phone 027 4322 393 .
All older people deserve to be treated with respect, dignity, and care. The Elder Abuse Response Service at Wesley Community Action works alongside older people, their whanau, and community to stop abuse, provide immediate and ongoing safety, and protection for older people.
If you are worried about elder abuse, or concerned about an older person in the greater Wellington area, please call 04 805 0880 or email: