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For People Over 55

 

Are You Ready?

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No one likes to think about end of life planning, but it’s essential to get your priorities down in black and white. To help guide your decisions we have three free workshops facilitated by industry experts. Download the flyer.

Wednesday 5 April
Have a say in your end of life care

Wednesday 12 April
Celebrating your Life – Funerals

Wednesday 19 April
Where there is a Will – There is a Way

When:      10:00am – 12:30pm
Where:    Living and Learning Centre, 180 Longueville Road, Lane Cove
Contact:  Bookings essential call 9911 3591 or email agrant@lanecove.nsw.gov.au  

 

Staying in Your Own Home Seminar

This information session is for older people and their carers who are living in their own homes.

The Staying in Your Own Home Seminar will explain what services are available to support you to stay in your

own home and how you can apply for these services.

Come along and hear from presenters who will explain how the new My Aged Care website works.

Light refreshments will be available

When:        Wednesday 17 May 10:00am – 12:30pm

Where:       Cove Room Lane Cove Council Civic Centre, 48 Longueville Rd, Lane Cove

Contact:          To make a booking to this free seminar call 9911 3591 or email agrant@lanecove.nsw.gov.au

 

Safety for Seniors Program and Security Improvement Scheme

This new two-part program offered by Lane Cove Council in conjunction with Lane Cove and North Side Community Services aims to help seniors to feel safer in their own homes and become more connected to the community.

Safety for Seniors is a free program to support the more vulnerable and isolated seniors within our community. 

This program offers the opportunity to

  • connect with a friendly volunteer by phone at least once a month for a chat
  • receive a free Crime Prevention through Environmental Design checklist to help identify areas on their property that could improve safety
  • receive updates about crime prevention ideas and things to do
  • receive a copy of the seniors newsletter the Lane Cove Connection
  • join the Next of Kin program with the NSW Police Force
  • receive invitations to talks and safety programs.

Eligibility

This program is for people who

  • Live alone or with a fully dependent spouse
  • Have no or minimal contact with family
  • Feel socially isolated from the community
  • Are aged 65+
  • Want to receive a monthly phone call from a Lane Cove and North Side Community Services volunteer.

Funding for the second program, the Security Improvement Scheme, is available twice a year, in April and November.  It will contribute a maximum of $100 towards the cost of purchasing and installing low cost measures to increase the safety of older people.

This can include items such as:

  • a key lock box so that people who are given the code can have access to the premises in an emergency
  • fluorescent or reflective house numbers to help locate the house at night in case of emergency
  • a door viewer so the resident can see who is at the front door
  • smoke detectors
  • a key chain for the front door
  • sensor lights
  • timber dowel window chocks

To find out more about the Safety for Seniors Program and Security Improvement Scheme and to see if you are eligible phone Lane Cove and North Side Community Services on 9427 6425.

 

The Lane Cove Connection

Every month Council publishes a newsletter designed for people 55 years and over called 'The Lane Cove Connection'. The newsletter contains information about activities, events and services available to older people.

In the March 2017 edition you will find information on the Walk Around the World Program, Council's Consultation for the Disability Inclusion Action Plan and the Are You Ready Workshop which will be held in early April. This newsletter is now available to download as PDF and as a plain word document. To receive a copy of the Lane Cove Connection via email each month, sign up to the enewsletter

 

Would you like information about your service or group included in the monthly Lane Cove Connection?

​Lane Cove Connection is a monthly newsletter that provides information to seniors on events and activities that are held in Lane Cove each month.

If you would like any information included in the next edition please complete the application form by the 3rd Wednesday of the month.

Changes to the Assets Tests and Age Pension

From 1 January 2017 there will be changes to the way the aged pension is calculated and these changes may affect ongoing aged care fees. For more information about the changes and how they may affect you visit the Human Services website.

English Conversation Classes

Do you need help with English conversation or do you know someone who does? Would you like to learn with others in a small friendly group? The classes are held at the Library. Please see the flyer for more information

Seniors Parking Permit

Council has provided a number of designated 'Seniors' parking spaces in Council's car parks. To use these spaces, you must be a Lane Cove resident, at least 67 years of age and hold a current drivers licence.

To receive a Seniors Parking Permit complete a Seniors Parking Permit Application Form and bring your Drivers Licence and Rate Notice or Tenancy Agreement to Council for sighting by our Customer Service Staff OR send your completed Seniors Parking Permit Application form together with a photocopy of your Drivers Licence and a photocopy of a recent Rate Notice or Tenancy Agreement to Council.

Upon receipt of the Application Form and sighting of these two documents we will issue your Seniors Parking Permit to the address stated on the application form.

Housing Information for Seniors

During the Strategy for an Age-Friendly Lane Cove consultations Council was asked to provide information about granny flats/dual occupancies.

A Granny flat is a secondary dwelling which is a self-contained dwelling, is established in conjunction with another dwelling (the principal dwelling), is on the same lot of land (not being an individual lot in a strata plan or community title scheme) as the principal dwelling, and is located within, or is attached to, or is separate from, the principal dwelling.

A Council or an accredited Private Certifier can approve granny flats as a Complying Development (CDC) without the need for a Development Application, provided it meets the specific development standards in the State Environmental Planning Policy (Affordable Rental Housing) 2009 – see Division 2 Secondary Dwellings

For more information go to www.legislation.nsw.gov.au