Resilient Communities – Pauline Abrahams

On behalf of elderly people in isolation I would like to thank all those on the front line for their dedication to those less fortunate during this world wide crisis.

Here in Raglan there are many unsung heroes who keep the wheels turning from emergency services, essential businesses, organised groups, to individual random acts of kindness when a person goes out of their way to help someone in need.

In Raglan as a community we are slowly coming together building on already established groups and forming new ones to deal with hitherto unknown situations. However this is not the time to get complacent. While most of our community have been in Lockdown for two and a half weeks, many of the elderly and those with health problems have been in self-isolation for over a month.

The expression ‘I don’t know what day it is..’ is not limited to the elderly when you are in Lockdown!

Stay at Home

It was not all doom and gloom as many friends and family and essential services rallied round to make sure they had stuff they needed. Unfortunately some communities in NZ did not listen to the warning from Jacinda Adren , “over 70 ‘s stay at home, don’t panic buy”…. sadly many suffered the consequences.

A Harvest Time like No Other
New Zealand is in the fortunate position of being in Autumn and there is an abundance of food in our own back yard in the form of fresh fruit and veg. Big companies are frantically trying to find workers to harvest crops and process produce. “Teams of employees in Wattie’s factories in Hawke’s Bay, Christchurch and Auckland have been working as never before to help keep supermarkets stocked in their efforts to satisfy consumer demand in these unprecedented times of the COVID-19 crisis”.

The Weakest Link
In many times of crisis we have to heed the weakest link, it may be in the leadership or amongst the most vulnerable.

Not all Bubbles are Equal.
Not all lock down bubbles are equal with no one physically able to keep your spirits up. It can be quite a challenge being in Lockdown on your own especially if you are old, cannot walk far and don’t have access to the internet. Waking up at the crack of dawn and wondering how to fill the day, one can only do so much walking round the block, gardening, housework, cooking and yakking on the phone.

A Rise in Weekly Pension
The extra twenty five dollars a week for a single person over 65 will certainly be appreciated by those living alone. In May they will also receive $40.00 a week towards winter electricity bills.

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