Woden Seniors Inc

50 years of providing Community Service to the over-50s of Canberra


Fortnightly News 12/9/2014

Annual General Meeting
It is that time of the year again, the Club’s Annual General Meeting will be held at 12 noon on Monday 22 September 2014 in Hall 1.  A light lunch of sandwiches, cakes and tea/coffee will be provided after the meeting. Please consider coming along to the meeting.

Calligraphy – The Art of Beautiful Writing
Expressions of interest are sought for calligraphy classes to be provided by Pam Kemp.  Calligraphy classes will be offered as a regular Club activity, on a school term basis, commencing on Tuesday afternoon 14 October. 

Calligraphy is the art of beautiful or expressive writing.  Tuition will be provided for beginners to learn some basic scripts and to make a variety of small projects suitable for gifts.  Non-beginners would have the opportunity to work on their own projects, refine their skills or simply enjoy the opportunity to explore and share ideas.
Members interested in a fun relaxed afternoon please contact Polly in the office for more information.
A basic writing kit comprising of black ink, a selection of nibs and suitable writing paper will be required. Tutor can provide a few basics for a “trial”. 
Good handwriting is definitely not a prerequisite.
Profile – Pam Kemp
Pam became hooked on calligraphy back in the 90’s, joined the Canberra Calligraphy Society and since then has attended many workshops with local, interstate and overseas tutors and studied under the guidance of Canberra’s Gemma Black for many years.  Pam has a Diploma in Western calligraphy from the United Kingdom, is a VETAB accredited teacher and has taught for many years in the ACT and Queanbeyan.

Floriade 2014 – Bus Tours through the Festival
Floriade allows community groups to take a bus tour through the festival.  Woden Community Services is organising a bus tour to go through the Festival on Thursday the 25th of September.  Tours through Floriade take up to 25 minutes.  Pick-up and drop-off will be the Woden Seniors Club.  We don’t know the time yet.

This is a fabulous opportunity to see Floriade, especially if you are not very mobile.  If you are interested in participating in the tour please let Polly know.   There are only 10 spots available for members so I suggest you be quick if you are interested.

Invitation – A Forest Dedication to Seniors
A Quiet Place to “Reflect”
Help us to begin the journey at the National Arboretum Canberra (Forest Drive, Canberra ACT)

Opening by the Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Shane Rattenbury MLA at Forest 40 followed by a celebration in the Margaret Whitlam Pavilion.

        Date:         Tuesday 30 September 2014
        Time:        1.00 – 3.30 pm

Hurry as places are strictly limited. RSVP to COTA on 6282 3777

Save the Date! Monday Afternoon 20 October 2014
The Club is organising an afternoon tea for Monday afternoon 20 October 2014 to celebrate Grandparents’ Week.  There is likely to be a school choir singing, an ANU debating team and the Minister for Ageing, Mick Gentleman MLA speaking.  More information to come.

Woden Valley Youth Choir Annual Concert, Saturday and Sunday 13-14 September 2014
The Woden Valley Youth Choir has been bringing the joy of choral music to the ACT for more than four decades, and they’d love to have you join them at their annual concert this month.
What:       “I Hate Music” – Woden Valley Youth Choir’s Annual Concert

Where:     Tim Murray Theatre, Canberra Boys Grammar School, Monaro Crescent, Red Hill, ACT

When:       7:30pm, Saturday 13 September 2014 and 2.00pm, Sunday 14 September 2014

Tickets:    $25 Adults, $20 Pensioner/Child aged 13yrs & under; on sale at the door or bookings at http://trybooking.com/95891 .

ANU Research into Age Related Changes in Left and Right Brain Communication
We have received some flyers seeking participants for research into age related effects in left and right brain communication.  The ethical aspects of the research has been approved by the ANU Human Research Committee, Protocol No. 2014. 

The research is not harmful and comprises 2 short cognitive tests.  Participants will be reimbursed for their time and go into a draw to win some prizes.
For more information pick up a flyer in the club or contact Tanu Joshi, via email to u5398401@anu.org.au or phone 0432 509 796.

Silver Screenings Film Festival
‘Silver Screenings’ films are shown at 2pm on most Friday afternoons through to 3 October 2014, at the Arc Cinema of the National Film and Sound Archive, Ellery Circuit in Acton.  Tickets are $6 for those aged 50+.  Up coming films include:
2PM, FRIDAY, 19 September 2014: Cabaret (1972, M)
For her Silver Screen Moment, ABC-TV Canberra news presenter Virginia Haussegger introduces Bob Fosse’s Oscar-winning musical.

‘Perhaps the most powerfully addictive and deeply unsettling film I’ve ever seen: an exotic and heady mix of bohemian passion haunted by the poisonous politics of Nazi Germany. Liza Minnelli is sublime as Berlin showgirl Sally, sucking the life out of every breath.’ (Virginia Haussegger).
2PM, FRIDAY, 26 September 2014: Gloria (2013, MA15+)
58-ish divorcee Gloria (Paulina Garcia) is a stranger to her grown-up children and has few friends beyond the neighbour’s cat. Most nights she’s off nightclubbing. The club scene is cruel at first, but then she meets a kindred middle-age party animal in Rodolfo (Sergio Hernandez). Can they settle for each other, or is it too late to change their ways?

Director Lelio’s middle-age romantic comedy won Garcia the Best Actress award at the Berlin Film Festival, for her ‘… enormously satisfying spell inside the head and heart of a middle-aged woman’. (The Hollywood Reporter)

More information at www.nfsa.gov.au or on (02) 6248 2000

Justice of the Peace
You will find Maureen in the Anne Murray room on Tuesdays between 11.30am and 2pm for Justice of the Peace matters.

Goodwin Aged Care Services
Goodwin has Home and Community Care hours for domestic assistance, personal care, social and transport.  Contact Michelle Preston on 6178 7272 or email mpreston@goodwin.org.au if you require assistance.

Support available for seniors as part of SINC Program
CatholicCare has secured Home and Community Care (HACC) funding to provide services as part of the Seniors in Networked Communities (SINC) Program, and is taking referrals from people who meet the following criteria.
This program supports people aged 65 years and over, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 50 years and over, who are frail with functional limitations as a result of moderate, severe and profound disabilities.
Support is available in the following areas:
Social Support
Personal Care
Domestic Assistance
Home Maintenance
Case Coordination
For more information please contact Karen Roberts on 6163 7683 or email at Karen.roberts@catholiccare.cg.org.au.

ACT Elder Abuse Prevention Program
The ACT Elder Abuse Prevention Program aims to reduce and prevent incidents of elder abuse through community awareness raising, accessible information and referral systems, service response guidelines and staff training. The Program is coordinated by the Office for Ageing within the ACT Community Services Directorate.
The Program includes an Older Persons’ Abuse Prevention, Referral and Information Line, or APRIL as it is commonly known – a confidential telephone service that provides a single point of contact for callers who want to discuss elder abuse issues and seek advice.
The service operates during business hours. The telephone number is 6205 0303.
Responses take into consideration duty of care (confidentially), the decision-making capacity of the client, and whether an emergency response is required. Depending on the issues raised, people may be referred to the Public Advocate of the ACT, the Public Trustee for the ACT, Carers ACT, Conflict Resolution Services or Lifeline.
The Women’s Information and Elder Abuse phone line operates in tandem with the Older Person’s Abuse, Prevention, Referral and Information Line and also operates during business hours. The telephone number is 6205 0303.

Advance Care Planning – A Session for Family Carers
CIT Skills for Carers and Respecting Patient Choices Advance Care Planning are presenting information sessions for family carers to explore:

what is involved in talking with friends and loved ones about future health care wishes
how to document what a person may or may not want in their plan
the option of appointing a substitute decision maker.
This form of planning enables a person to take control of their future health care and treatment if they are not able to communicate your wishes. 
Facilitator: Julie Solway, Respecting Patient Choices Project Officer, Advance Care Planning, ACT Health Directorate
There is an opportunity to attend this 2 hour workshop in Woden:
Date:  Wednesday 24 September

Time:   12 noon-2pm  

Venue:  CIT Woden, Ainsworth St Phillip
Cost: Free
To Register: 6207 3628 or CarerSkills@cit.edu.au

Fortnightly Newsletter – news items/feedback
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