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Call for lifeguards at Pearl Beach
Wrong picture
Church sells for $1.43 million
$12 million aged care upgrade planned
Wellington pays second visit
Open forum with local councillors
Tesch asks RMS for more time for resident engagement
Flooding and capacity limits highlighted in plan feedback
Environmental projects receive almost $175,000
Volunteers sought to restore park into nature reserve
Plans for six three-storey townhouses
Council seeks insights about leisure centre and theatre
Upgrades for Woy Woy Rd
Council gives 20 per cent weighting for local business
Council financial statements show breach of Act
Association plans hall upgrade
Volunteer sought to co-ordinate Anzac service
Buddies Club forms in Pearl Beach
CWA flag stolen again
Save Our Coast holds celebratory gathering
Events for residents over long weekend
Association has several things on agenda
CWA seeks bedding donations for bushfire relief
Bridge club hosts teacher training program
Next president named
Recycled products at children's market
Film screening by Eco Network
Happy without the noisy intrusion
Fire actions needed immediately
Everyone is entitled to solar access
Ocean Beach Rd intersection already too busy
Return machine needed next door to Liesl Tesch's home
Looked after while I was ill
Many causes for potholes
Times have changed
All council toilets should have hand cleaners
Suitable trees under powerlines are a good idea
Comfort cushions made for cancer care unit
Computer games and puzzles for the elderly
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Italian festival in Ettalong in April
Concert to raise money for ballerina's schooling
Concert for bushfire and flood victims
Two acts for folk club concert
Tesch launches petition to save Gosford TAFE
Precautions in preparation for maintenance work
Aboriginal Welcome Barbecue at Umina
Books donated to children overseas
Southern Spirit women win place in grand final
Ducks softball players win their way to finals
Umina comes 10th in surf life saving championships
Golfers win their way to national finals
Life savers chosen as leading women
Goodman retains unbeaten fight record
Surf clubs win medals in age championships
Umina wins medals in Masters championships
Annabelle wins medals in athletics championships
Open Fours finals played
Margaret crowned district singles champion
Boxers defeated in Olympic qualifier

Computer games and puzzles for the elderly

Peninsula Village in Umina has introduced computer consoles to stimulate residents with games and quizzes.

They are based on "play therapy" for people who are ageing or experience dementia, alzheimer's disease, depression or lack of intellectual stimulus, according to Village chief executive Mr Shane Neaves.

"We had extensive consultation session with our employees to weigh up whether this device would be beneficial for our residents.

"The overwhelming response was that it would really add to our existing lifestyle activities," he said.

"It's slightly larger than a standard computer and is quite easy for our residents to use as it is a touch screen," he said.

Mr Neaves said the games included those that involved short and long-term memory skills, those that required a level of thought to work out the answer and those that stimulated intellect, motor skills, memory and old-fashioned playtime.

"The technology is designed to encourage social integration as well and we're seeing many of our residents enjoying the games together and our lifestyle team members are using it in our main hall linked to the TV for group activities."

Originally created in the Netherlands, the console is sold as BrainTrainerPlus.

Its purchase came from contributions of $3500 from the Everglades Country Club and $1000 from Woy Woy Leagues Club under the Club Grants scheme.

"We've already noticed that the BrainTrainer is helping residents reminisce, talk about the good old days and gives them a sense of accomplishment," said Mr Neaves.

"They feel rewarded when using it and it is stimulating interaction and competition amongst friends."

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