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Quick And Easy Crafts!

If you have some spare time on your hands, or are looking for something different to do, why not try some of our quick and easy crafts! 


These inexpensive projects don’t take long to make, and you’ll love the finished creation. Try your hand at making Flower Balls, Ribbon Bookmarks, Cup Cosies, and more! 

Also, read Simon Broad’s garden tips and crafts, complete with his ideas for inexpensive gifts from the garden. 

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I Am Here: Makeup Tips For Seniors

Recently, Family Care magazine received a letter from an ‘oldie’ who asked for some makeup tips for the more mature woman. Ula Western of The Essentials in Coopers Beach kindly provided some basic tips and rules for people aged 60+.


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Dressing Table Nostalgia!

DressingTableNostalgiaTake a treasure-filled trip down memory lane with residents of Bupa's Waterlea and Bethesda facilities!

Many of the beautiful items featured in this article were given by husbands and parents as gifts, many, many years ago, and are still treasured to this day.

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Puzzle Fun!

Palmerston North librarian Joy Hamilton's accident led to a new career, importing and selling jigsaws for others who enjoy this hobby.

In 1990 I was involved in a car accident and fractured my spine. I spent 16 weeks in the Burwood Spinal Unit in Christchurch before returning home to Palmerston North. The pathway of my life changed instantly. As a tetraplegic, I found I had a lot of time on my hands, so started to do jigsaws. They were wonderful for filling in the long days and nights, and kept my mind active.

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Inspiration: Journaling For Health

JournalingWhether it's to record your life, vent feelings, or learn about yourself, keeping a diary is a healthy hobby!

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Young Caring: Supporting Mum

CookiesBy Marylynn Maloney Boyes. 

Childhood memories wash over Marylynn when she does the laundry. 

Keeping up with the family washing was just one of the chores that fell to Marylynn when her mother, who experienced mental illness, was unwell or away having treatment.

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Health Genealogy

FingerFamilyWe often look at a newborn baby and marvel at how he has his grandmother’s eyes or her father’s chin, but we don’t typically wonder what else may have been inherited from past generations. By Francie Smith.

Past Clues

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Whirimako Black's Song for Carers

Meet Whirimako Black. Whirimako has been singing professionally since she was 17 and helped to care for her father, who passed away in 2006.

Whirimako Black

Listen to our interview with Whirimako, and hear her sing her song, Hauora.

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Creative Writing: For Carers By Carers

Reading poetry and prose can help us gain valuable insights into any situation in our lives, including our responsibilities as carers. In turn, writing poetry can be a very powerful means of expression and can help us come to terms with difficult times in our lives. These stories and poems are by carers, for carers. Have a read and see if they inspire you to take up your pen and write. 

Marylynn Boyes

Marylynn Boyes

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Avon Hansen-Beadle and The Hibiscus Yukes

Hibiscus Yukes

Avon Hansen-Beadle and friends get together every week to sing and play the ukelele.

They call themselves The Hibiscus Yukes and they meet at a community centre in Orewa, north of Auckland.

These weekly sessions give the budding musicians the opportunity to learn new skills, make friends and have lots of fun.

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Iain Gordon's Music for Carers

Iain Gordon with Jane and Irini

Iain Gordon, accomplished musician, composer and producer, has created a special piece of music for you, the carers of New Zealand and your families, whanau and supporters.

Listen to Iain's catchy tune Music for Carers by Iain Gordon. You will also hear the music at the beginning and end of videos in our online learning videos.

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