Booklet to help residents live well in later years

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Helpful guide. . . Gore and Districts Senior Citizens Club member Elaine Cruickshank and Ready for Living co-ordinator Kylie Aitken take a look through the booklet Living Well in Later Years —A Guide to Local Services and Connections for Older People which have recently become available. PHOTO: SANDY EGGLESTON

Gore district’s older residents now have a guide to help them find services and social connections available in their area.

Living Well in Later Years A Guide to Local Services and Connections for Older People has been developed by Ready for Living, a community-led project involving the Gore District Council and PH Vickery Trust.

Ready for Living co-ordinator Kylie Aitken said the booklet was designed in response to many older people not knowing all their options in the community and choices to combat loneliness.

The information in the booklet aims to support older people in their daily lives.

Sections include medical services, support for living at home, social opportunities, and community organisations.

“We have had great feedback from organisations about the booklet, and praise for identifying a gap and taking the initiative to fill it,” she said.

The booklet will be updated annually to make sure the content is current and Ms Aitken welcomed feedback about items that were no longer relevant.

The booklet is available on the council’s website www.goredc.govt.nz/our-community or Ready for Living website readyforliving.co.nz.

It can also be picked up from places including Gore Library, Mataura Service Centre, Gore Visitors Centre and Connected Eastern Southland.

Anyone wanting some delivered can contact Ms Aitken, phone 021198-0480 or the council office (03)209-0330.