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​​Blenheim Red Cross​​ has wheelchairs for hire on an hourly, daily or long term basis.
For information call at Corner Redwood and Stephenson Streets or
​Phone 578 6134​


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We have many pamphlets and information in the office for our members to come in and pick up in regard to what you are needing. Feel free to ask us if you have anything concerning you
Problems with a rest home, hospital etc or other health or disability service? there are a number of places you can take your concerns to. It is advisable to talk to the manager of the service. If this is no help, seek advice from Age Concern, Marlborough 5793457 or ageconble@xtra.co.nz. There are other options which Age Concern could advice on.
EMOTIONAL WELL-BEING & DEPRESSION
Physical, mental, emotional, social and (for many) spiritual, health and well-being are intertwined. They all contribute to make you who you are and any one element can impact on another. Nowadays, those who specialize in work with older people are more aware of how these are interconnected. They know, for example, that how you feel emotionally and mentally has an impact on your physical health and similarly, that your physical health affects your emotional and mental life. Depression affects many older people and is frequently overlooked or undiagnosed. Symptoms of depression are different to normal reactions to life's problems, they don't go away and may include deep ongoing sadness, unexplained anger, unrelenting unexplained pain, continually feeling worn down or 'flat', loss of meaning, loss of interest in things, poor self image, worrying thoughts, including thoughts of suicide and inability to control these thoughts, weight loss, etc. It is important to know that it is never to late to 'sort this out'.
HOW TO STAY EMOTIONALLY AND MENTALLY WELL
Stay in touch with people if possible
If you can, get out, attend groups where you can learn and do new things
Do as much for yourself as you can
Get some physical exercise and eat well
Make your own decisions wherever possible ( feeling in control is very important for emotional and mental well-being)
See your doctor regularly
Take medication as prescribed

NEEDING HELP?
Seek help early from someone experienced in older peoples issue
Don't let feelings of fear, embarrassment, shame etc stop your getting help. Do not let things get worse.
Don't down-play the symptoms
If you have been give treatment or advise and it isn't helpful, say so
See the website www.depression.org.nz

DEMENTIA
Today many people with dementia continue to live interesting and fulfilling lives. An early diagnosis plays an important part in this as it ensures that those with dementia get the best possible education and support at the right time. For further information or support, contact your local Alzheimers organisation.

ELDER ABUSE
Types of abuse include:
Financial and/ or property abuse,
Neglect,
emotional/psychological abuse,
physical abuse,
sexual abuse
Institutional abuse
If you are in a abusive situation, or you know about an older person who is, talk to someone who will take it seriously and help you work out a plan of action.

END OF LIFE PLANNING
For many of us, thinking about the end of our life is something we would rather not do, but often facing this and making plans can be liberating. Talking with those closet to you about your wishes for the future can give you the opportunity to reminisce and spend some special time together. Funeral homes have information that you can pick up and prepay for the funeral.