On Friday 10 April New Zealand writer and author Paul Little released his new book Stroppy Old Women. A follow on from his successful Grumpy Old Men and Grumpy Old Men 2 titles, Stroppy Old Women provides short stories of high profile NZ women who are all irate about something - from ageing to architecture, shop assistants to short skirts, tablecloths to technology, and many more.
Featured women include Judith Ablett-Kerr, Pinky Agnew, Donna Akersten, Judith Baragwanath, Janet Beech, Carole Beu, Rob Broughton, Judy Callingham, Trish Costigan, Valerie Davies, Lindsey Dawson, Eve de Castro-Robinson, Debbie Dorday, Dorothy Dudek Vinicombe, Anne Else, Jacquie Fahey, Peggy Fairbairn-Dunlop, Chris Fletcher, Tui Flower, and many more.
Proceeds from the sale of Stroppy Old Women are being generously donated to Alzheimers NZ. Get your copy here
The Advance Care Planning Cooperative is running a Conversations That Count Day on 16 April to raise awareness about advance care planning so that we can all start thinking, talking and planning for our future and end of life care.
We will be promoting conversations through social media as well, and we are encouraging other organisations and workplaces to participate.
Below is a message from Advance Care Planning:
Morning tea with ACP
Advance care planning(or ACP) is the process of thinking about, talking about and planning for future healthcare and end of life care.
“Start the conversation”
The National Advance Care Planning Cooperative has organised a second Conversations that Count Day on 16 April 2015 and we would love your support to promote the day by hosting a ‘Morning (or afternoon) tea with ACP’ to get the conversation started, and encouraging other teams to do the same.
The key to ACP is conversation, and what better way to do this than over a cup of tea and a biscuit. Just set aside some time on 16 April and invite everyone you know to a ‘Morning Tea with ACP’, the conversations are up to you.
Some ideas to promote ACP and your morning tea include:
- Talk to your Manager about printing and displaying ACP posters and postcards for the week commencing 12 April
- Advertise your morning tea on your noticeboard, newsletter and bulletins
- Talk to your colleagues about ACP. Do they know what it is? Have they had a ‘Conversation that Counts’ with their whānau?
- Stage a morning tea ‘display’ in a central area of your workplace - use a fancy tea pot and tea cups (for show only)
- Set up ‘letterboxes’ for people to post their postcards to the people they care about. Talk to your manager about covering the cost of postage
- Attach some tea bags (individually wrapped will probably work best) to postcards and hand them out on the day
- Invite colleagues to share recipes they remember their loved ones by and post these on the ACP Facebook page
- Encourage your organisation to host an open forum ‘Morning tea with ACP’. You could showcase ACP by sharing stories, video clips, or the short film called ‘Living For Today Planning for Tomorrow’
- ACP posters, postcards and videos are available on the campaign website www.conversationsthatcount.org.nz, and high quality versions ready for commercial printing can be made available if required
Thank you for your support, and for encouraging conversations that count!
For more information, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Last week World Champion and Commonwealth Games medal winning cyclist Eddie Dawkins, and his coach and Halberg Coach of the Year Anthony Peden took two days out of their busy schedules to support us in raising awareness of dementia!!
Leading a motorcycle rally from Auckland through the Bay of Plenty and finishing in Taupo, the pair appeared in towns and cities along the way, where Eddie demonstrated his amazing sprint ability and talked about the things we can all do to reduce our risk of developing dementia.
The rally attracted significant media interest and was well supported by local motorcycle clubs, who joined Eddie and Anthony along the way. Thank you to evenyone who joined in, to the local Alzheimers organisations for welcoming the rally to their regions, to Auckland Harley-Davidson for sponsoring Eddie's and Anthony's bikes, and of course to Eddie and Anthony for giving up their time to support us and raise awareness of dementia!
When: 16–17 March 2015
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