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A Caring Community Spirit
For Alexandra's older people who choose to stay in their own
homes, we have two services aimed at injecting more life into
their day: Enliven HomeShare and Club Enliven.
Enliven HomeShare is a wonderful chance for frail older people
with memory loss to spend time in a Host's home sharing
common interests, conversation and a hot lunch. HomeShare
guests enjoy spending time out of their home environment,
their carers enjoy the break, and the volunteer Hosts feel their
contribution is appreciated.
Club Enliven is an activity group of like-minded people who
meet weekly for friendship, laughter, shared activities and a hot
midday meal. The group meets in the Duggan Lounge at Ranui
Home & Hospital, and transport can be arranged. The daily fee
can, in many cases, be funded through a Needs Assessment.
Both Club Enliven and Enliven HomeShare are managed by
Ranui Home & Hospital's Manager, Mavis Thornton, who can
be contacted on 448 8280.
Described by residents as a 'boutique' village with its own
congenial community spirit, Wanaka Retirement Village is an
attractive mix of apartments and villas thoughtfully designed for
Wanaka's special climate and with easy access to the town's
amenities, whether by foot, mobility scooter or car.
As providers of quality accommodation for older people for
nearly 100 years, we knew that by positioning the Village next
to Elmslie House Home & Hospital, and on a practical flat site,
it would be perfect for both active and not-so-active residents.
The fact Elmslie House is adjacent gives residents' great
peace of mind. Certain services from the top-rating home are
available to Village residents, and there is opportunity for both
groups to meet for shared activities. The sheltered, sunny
courtyard between the apartment block and Elmslie House is a
popular meeting place.
The 8 apartments and 14 villas offer residents individual privacy
and independence, yet collectively they become an intimate
community providing support and encouragement to residents
If you want to join the community at 7 Meadowstone Drive,
contact our sales agent today because there are only
two brand new villas for sale. Call Helen Henshall,
at Professionals Wanaka Wide Realty on 443 7524
to see how your life can change for the better.
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Getting dentures can be a daunting
experience but it's not one that has to stay
that way. By having all the facts and
information you can understand how dentures
work and how you should look after them and
The first step is to treat them as you would an
expensive china collection. Dropping them could
cause breakages and with costly repairs, you are
better off to avoid putting them in a situation
where they could be damaged.
When you are cleaning them, hold them over a
soft towel or a full sink of water as you wash them.
Handle them gently and always have a firm grip on
Secondly, as you would with your natural teeth,
your dentures need to be brushed daily to remove
food and plaque. A soft bristled brush designed for
dentures should be used instead. Avoid using a
hard bristled toothbrush as this can damage the
denture pieces such as the plastic or attachments.
Brush gently over the surface and rinse after every
meal. When it comes to taking them out for the
night, how you store them is the paramount to
their longevity. Dentures need to remain moist so
their shape does not distort or they don't try out.
By purchasing a denture soaking solution or
putting them in water, you can ensure they will
remain at their very best. However, if your dentures
have metal attachments, solution may discolour
them. Contact your dentist for tips on how to
correctly store your dentures.
The main step to ensuring your dentures remain in
tip-top shape is by visiting the dentist regularly
and never attempt to fix or alter your dentures
yourself. Sometimes dentures aren't fitted correctly
which can cause oral sores and gum irritation. If
your dentures have cracks, chips or if any of the
teeth become loose, visit your oral care provider as
soon as possible.
Getting your hearing checked
Hearing loss can develop at
Sudden changes in hearing are usually quite
obvious, however, many hearing problems
develop slowly over time and other people
may be aware of a your hearing difficulties before
If you answer YES to one or more of the following
you should be assessed by an Audiologist.
Do you often need to ask people to repeat what
they have said?
Do you typically have trouble understanding a
conversation or mishear people in a group or in
the presence of background noise?
Does it seem that people are regularly not
speaking clearly or are 'mumbling'?
When watching television do you need to set
the volume higher than other people to hear
Do you become frustrated or even totally avoid
some social occasions because there is too
much noise or you cannot keep up with the
Can you become tired or stressed after you have
been listening or in a conversation for an
extended time period?
Do you find you need to be close to the speaker
at meetings, seminars, restaurants or in religious
services to understand?
Do you need to maintain eye contact or see
people's faces to understand what they are
Do you find it difficult to localize where sounds
are coming from?
Have your family or friends questioned whether
you have a hearing problem?
Audiologists who are members of the New
Zealand Audiological Society (MNZAS) are
specialists at diagnosing hearing problems and the
non-medical treatment of hearing loss. Treatment
options include hearing aids, assistive listening
devices, counselling and education in listening
For more information visit www.audiology.org.nz
or talk to your doctor who can suggest a suitable
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