Service makes day to day life easier for elderly, Central Leader


by Jess Lee, Central Leader, www.stuff.co.nz



Nobody wants to admit they're getting older, but Kaz Howlett says there's no need to lose your independence when you approach those twilight years.
 
Howlett works for the not-for-profit Independent Living Service helping to make daily living easier for people of all ages with impairments.
 
She is hoping to reach those aged under-65 with ageing family members at a free seminar on May 4.
 
The charitable trust provides free information about support services and assistive products.
 
Howlett meets with community groups, particularly those aimed at people nearing retirement age, anywhere from Tuakau to Wellsford.
 
She says reaching out to younger people is an important first step for the organisation.
 
"I need to be teaching people that have got ageing parents so that when something happens they know where to come to get honest, unbiased advice," she says.
 
"The younger generation need to know what's available for their parents rather than: 'dad's got grandad's walking stick' - because it'll be past its use by date."
 
People can find it difficult to admit they need a bit of help, she says.
 
"A comment I often hear is: 'you're going to make us all feel old' but once they've got the information they're attitude changes and they realise it's all about making daily living easier. That's what we're here for."

"It's about taking charge of a small stress that can build into a big stress or that can isolate people."
 
The free presentation will be held on May 4 from 7pm to 8pm at 14 Erson Ave, Royal Oak.
 
Call Kaz Howlett on 625 0322 or email kaz@ilsnz.org to book a seat.
 
Go to ilsnz.org for more information.


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