Western Leader : November 4th 2010
13 WESTERN LEADER, NOVEMBER 4, 2010 NEWS Don't let hearing loss tone you down. SAVE BIG $$$ on Hearing Aids* CALL 524 5736 or visit www.appliedhearing.co.nz REMUERA HEAD CLINIC 232 GREAT SOUTH RD AHASB144MWL FREE hearing test for 50+ FREE professional follow-up for 1 year MINIMUM 60 day trial INSTANT fitting options * Budget aids start from under $1000. If buying 2 digital aids, our second aid at half-price offer can easily save you $1000 or more! Conditions apply. HENDERSON MEDICAL CENTRE, CNR MONTEL AVE &GREAT NORTHRD # 100% MONEY BACK GUARANTEE! www.reducedtoclear.co.nz West Auckland Store Open 7 days 9am-6pm. Late Night Thursday till 8.00pm Unit F, 5 Vitasovich Ave, Waitakere Mega Centre, Henderson. Next door to K Mart Edsel St Edsel St KMart Montel Ave Newington Rd Vitasovich A ve Waitakere Mega Centre Westfield WestCity Great North Rd IT'S GUYFAWKES AT RTC - Valid Tues 2nd - Fri 5th Nov ONLY elsewhere $3.99 each elsewhere $5.19 each Pascall Marshmallows Family Bag 400g Health Basics Exfoliating Body Wash Kiwifruit 400ml $1.95 $2.99 Celestial Banquet Pack $39.95 Explorer Pack $19.95 Evening Star Pack $69.96 Valid until Wednesday 10th of November Valid until Wednesday 10th of November If you were in the care of the State before 1992 and have concerns about your experiences .... You now have the chance to be heard, in confidence, by a panel of qualified people who will be visiting your area. Talking with the Panel will provide an opportun for you to share your concerns. The Panel will listen and where needed a tailored package of assistance can be offered. State care includes children's homes, foster ca the special education sector, health camps and other residential health facilities. For more information call our freephone: 0800 356 567 visit www.listening.govt.nz or write to us at PO Box 5939 Lambton Quay, Wellington 6145. are, Some memories never fade. CONFIDENTIAL LISTENING & ASSISTANCE SERVICE An independent agency supported by the Department of Internal Affairs AFF10067 nity Health& well-beingAdvertising Feature Tryathlon time again Registrations are open for next year's Weet-Bix Tryathlon series. The Tryathlon holds the Guiness World Record for being the largest children's sport- ing event in the world. Families and school groups can help kids who need financial support to enter the event through the Weet-Bix Tryathlon Foundation. The St Heliers leg of the series is in February and the North Shore event is in March. Parents and teachers are encouraged to enter children early. A 10 percent discount will be given on registrations received two months before the event date. Visit www.weetbix.co. nz or phone 531-5080. Parents get homework help Is helping with the children's homework a bit beyond you? Families in four west Auckland suburbs now benefit from a pro- gramme which teaches parents skills. The Home Interaction Programme for Parents and You- ngsters is run by the Great Potentials Foun- dation. Ranui-Birdwood Community Trust op- erates the programme in Ranui and Barnardos runs it in Royal Heights, Massey. Kelston Com- munity Trust backs it at St Leonards Road Pri- mary. The latest is in Henderson south. Visit www.greatpoten tials.org.nz. Senior sight out of focus Two thirds of Kiwi seniors presenting for an eye test are wearing glasses with the wrong prescription and more than half have a serious eye condition that could cause blindness, accord- ing to new research. Christchurch seniors were the worst affected by undiagnosed eye con- ditions like glaucoma and dry eye, while seniors from Bay of Plenty had some of the worst vision in the country, with 94 percent of them wearing the wrong prescription. The nationwide study of 574 Specsavers cust- omers aged 60 or over revealed that as many as 66 percent were wearing incorrect prescriptions after delaying visiting their optometrist, some- times for many years. Meanwhile, over 57 percent were diagnosed with serious eye con- ditions such as cataracts, glaucoma and macular degeneration which, if left untreated, could result in loss of sight. Specsavers optom- etrist Mike Horler says the study put further focus on the prohibitive cost of eye care in New Zealand and its potential impact on the eye health of seniors. These extraordinarily high figures demonstrate the very concerning fact that New Zealand seniors are sacrificing their sight and eye health out of anxiety about the cost of opto- metric care. We would expect to see gradual age-related deterioration of the vision in older people, so seniors who don't have other complicating eye diseases would generally require a new prescrip- tion about every two years. But to discover that almost all the seniors tested in some areas required a new prescrip- tion is extraordinary and shows that they're just not having their eyes tested often enough. In my store, I regu- larly have seniors coming in and telling me they haven't had an eye test for 25 years ... seniors are literally gam- bling with their eyesight and risking vision loss in order to avoid an expens- ive glasses bill.'' Specsavers New Zea- land managing director Graeme Edmond says Specsavers is taking serious steps to ensure seniors in this country had access to high qual- ity and affordable eye care. As we age our eyes become more susceptible to age-related problems and visiting your optom- etrist regularly becomes a necessity to diagnose and treat these con- ditions early,'' he says.
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