ShopEnliven a handy online service for older adults
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ShopEnliven is a store that is open for business no matter what the Covid-19 Alert Level status. The online social enterprise, launched by Enliven positive ageing services, is aimed at New Zealand older adults and their families. ShopEnliven.org.nz is quickly becoming a one-stop shop for elders, says Enliven General Manager – External Relations, Alisha Kennedy. Items include, gifts, books, entertainment, daily living aids and specialty products for people with conditions like dementia, low-vision and incontinence, and specifically modified food and beverages. “We’d been getting feedback from the elders we support and their whānau that they often couldn’t find products that suited their needs,” Alisha explains. “People might not even know we have a selection of items available to make life easier and that they can visit a single website to find what they need.” A growing selection of gifts for older people is offered which have been specially chosen for those who have had to downsize their living environment. “We often hear families saying they struggle to find gifts for their older relatives, including those living at rest homes, and that got us thinking about how we could help. We’re working on a great range of gifts,” says Alisha. Enliven, part of the not-for-profit organisation Presbyterian Support Central, offers a range of services and support for older people across the lower North Island, including boutique retirement villages and elder-centred rest home, hospital and dementia care. Any profits made from the sale of ShopEnliven.org.nz products go towards the not-for-profit’s health and social services. For more information and to purchase any items, visit www.ShopEnliven.org.nz.