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2 --- A Times Newspapers Supplement September 2012 www.times.co.nz The best of times... Enjoying your retirement 117528 128 and 130 Millhouse Drive, Howick P: 537 4980 | E: firstname.lastname@example.org www.millhousemedical.co.nz Partnering in Health and Healing Millhouse Integrative Medical Centre DR STEPHANIE NAM: I am the newest member at Millhouse Integrative Medical Centre. I joined the team in August 2012 as a per- manent doctor. I have been a doctor for nearly 10 years and have spent the last 5.5 years as a GP. Family medicine is where I connect with real people in their real lives. This is where I belong. I believe in patient-centred medicine where the patient is a driver and the doctor is a navigator. Patients should be actively involved in decision making processes. My areas of special interest are women's and children's health and care of the elderly. Based on my short experi- ence so far at Millhouse I know I have made the right decision to join this practice. Millhouse is a traditional 'family doctor' practice at a glance but it is an evolving practice where the team under Dr Ric Coleman's leadership is always looking for ways to im- prove health of the communi- ty. Our focus is prevention and education not just treatment. I am looking forward to evolving with Millhouse. DR SCOTT McLAREN: After growing up in Howick it has been wonderful to move back into this com- munity two and a half years ago and join the Millhouse team. I have been practising medicine for 12 years both here in NZ and in Australia. I enjoy all aspects of fam- ily medicine with a special interest in skin lesions, men's health, and all aspects of pre and post surgical care. Prior to training as a GP I worked for 5 years as a sur- gical registrar and can offer surgery under local anesthetic including removal of skin lesions and vasectomy. Here at Millhouse we strongly encourage prevention over cure. I like to promote healthier living by encourag- ing people to make positive lifestyle choices alongside traditional medicine. "We are what we eat", so the saying goes; in general I think we need to get smarter about knowing what is in the food we are choosing. "Healthy eating" depends on your goals, be it checking food components for aller- gens, energy content for those concerned with weight control, carbohydrate composition for diabetics, sodium for those with high blood pressure and micronutrients for those who are deplete. Outside of the office I am busy raising my sons with my wife. I enjoy getting out on the water Kayak fishing, pottering in my shed and keeping in- volved with our local church. 119250 117989 Become a St John Friends of the Emergency Department volunteer St John Friends of the Emergency Department (FEDs) provide comfort, information and support to patients and their relatives in the Emergency Department at Middlemore Hospital. If you have a genuine interest in the wellbeing of others, good communication skills, tact and compassion and can commit to a weekly four hour shift, we would like to hear from you. For an information pack and application form contact Chrissy Crosswell 0800 ST JOHN (0800 785 646) or visit www.stjohn.org.nz 118979 121277 New tricks for today's seniors While some retirees may be stupendous surfers, coping with the scope of Skype, fluent in text-speak and besting the net, for many such techno-babble as phishing, spam, Bluetooth, VoIP and Google may as well be words from a foreign language. However, the growing technology gap could cause greater problems than struggling to shoot the curl when surfing the web for some, leaving some folk prone to online scams. Chairman of Seniornet Pakuranga, Tricia James, says those older New Zealanders who are not technologically-savvy are particularly at risk of becoming victims of modern con artists. "There are a lot of online 'scams' going on which most people should look at or listen to with some reserve and scepticism. If it sounds too good to be true, it generally is. In other words, if you don't recognise the sender, ignore the information and/or delete it pronto!" Providing technology-based courses to people aged over 50, Seniornet is a nationwide network of training centres designed to help older Kiwis understand new technology and how it impacts their daily lives. "More and more older people will be feeling 'out of it' when it comes to some of the subjects friends and family are talking about," Tricia says. "A goodly percentage of today's seniors have been able to keep up with the pace, but no-one should be too complacent, and even the so-called geeks are still learning!" With so many technological advances during the last half century, Tricia says older New Zealanders have done extremely well to stay in touch with technology, however, all can benefit from developing their knowledge. "The way technology is advancing, a certain amount of understanding of what is happening is essential; otherwise a lot of knowledge that is beyond the range of some of the current 65+ year-olds could affect them in the future and they might slip further back in the learning curve. The current saying 'use it or lose it' is very pertinent!" But there is no place for old- school techniques; Tricia says it's a case of horses for courses when it comes to educating anyone about new technology. "At Seniornet, we try not to overwhelm our students so rapidly that the recipients don't know what it's all about. We don't rush people through a subject being taught and anyone who has taken the class is very welcome to return and go through the class again. Often friends will join the same class for support and encouragement. "And new communications methods can actually help make those living alone feel more connected to their communities," says Tricia. "The 'living alone' people in many cases are quite happy with their lot and yet seem to enjoy the immediacy of contact when they master emailing, or find something of interest when they 'go surfing', or begin a new study. "The main thing for everyone is to 'take the plunge' and try something new!" OK computer -- techno-savvy seniors know how to surf. Welcome to The Best of Times, a 12-page supplement focusing on the years after retirement. Emphasis is on making the most of life after careers have been put aside whilst not forgetting some of the important issues to ensure arrangements for the future are properly in place especially if health issues take a toll on the mind and body. However, for those who are embarking on a new lifestyle phase and who want to explore new horizons, build new friendships and live securely and safely, The Best of Times offers a variety of options. The supplement also includes online competitions giving readers an opportunity to win books, a golf magazine, movie passes and, a bottle of bubbles, to celebrate the start of a liberating retirement. Of course, you have to be over the age of 18 to enter the latter draw! You'll find our giveaways on pages 4 and 8. To be in the draw to win a bottle of Deutz Cuvee Brut just visit www.times.co.nz then click on the competitions link and fill in the form. One entry per person and entries close October 12, 2012. Winner notified by phone or email. In the meantime make the most of and enjoy The Best of Times!
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