Services for older adults

Services for older adults

Discover library services and useful information for older adults.

CINCH Community Information Christchurch

Visit CINCH, a one-stop online community directory with thousands of community organisations, clubs and continuing education providers.

Audiobooks and eAudiobooks

We have a range of fiction and non-fiction audiobooks and talking books.


Streaming Video

Watch movies and documentaries for free.

eResources: Streaming video

Access Video

World-class documentaries, award-winning educational films, and helpful instructional videos on every known subject.


Beamafilm is a streaming platform that has a curated collection of international movies and documentaries, with a strong Australasian focus.


On-demand streaming video service with a large collection of award-winning independent, international and classic films, and documentaries.

New Zealand Geographic Archive

Over 600 in-depth features about natural history and culture. Includes NZGeo TV which contains hundreds of hours of natural history video.


Browse our collection of eBooks.



Your library membership gives you access to hundreds of popular eMagazines covering a wide range of subjects. We have everything from the Economist to New Zealand Gardener! The eMagazines are replicas of current and print editions. You need to be a library member and have a password or PIN on your library card.


Large Print

We have a wide range of large print fiction and non-fiction books, as well as large print Reader's Digest magazines.

We also have a small selection of dementia-friendly books.

Large Print

Dementia-friendly books

Books specially selected and adapted by experts to enhance the joy of reading for people with memory and language problems.

Services for older adults

Find out how Christchurch City Libraries can support older adults who have difficulty accessing a library.

Services for older adults


Connecting generations by sharing knowledge: High school students help older adults with technology.

Memory bags

Memory bags can be beneficial for people with dementia. They contain objects chosen to help stimulate the senses and start conversations.

Justices of the Peace (JPs)

Justices of the Peace are available at libraries - check our page for information on when and where.

Local History

Local History

Lifelong Learning and Recreation

Find out more about Lifelong learning.

Community connections for adults
These courses at our Learning Centres provide individuals and groups with hands-on skills in using information and communication technologies.

Older people
Search CINCH our community information directory for courses and organisations relevant to older people.

Library events calendar
Browse our calendar for events and classes.

Leisure clubs
Information from Christchurch City Council on recreation for older adults.

Useful websites for older adults

SuperSeniors is run by the Office for Seniors. It is a gateway to information on government services for anyone aged 65+.

Older persons' health
Health information from local health website HealthInfo, funded by the Canterbury DHB.

Age Concern NZ
Age Concern New Zealand is a charity dedicated to people over 65, their friends, and whānau.

Alzheimers NZ
Alzheimers NZ represents people living with dementia at a national level by raising awareness of dementia, providing information and resources, advocating for high quality services, and promoting research about prevention, treatment, cure and care.

Citizens Advice Bureau
CAB provides free, confidential, independent information and advice to anyone. They help people know what their rights are and how to access services they need.

Dementia New Zealand
Through awareness, education and support, Dementia New Zealand's mission to help improve the quality of life for those affected by dementia – not only individuals, but also their caregivers, whanau and support networks.

Eldernet New Zealand
Eldernet is a comprehensive information service focussed on issues concerning older people in New Zealand.

Greypower NZ
Grey Power is an advocacy organisation promoting the welfare and well-being of all those citizens in the 50 plus age group.

Live stronger for longer
Information on health and exercise for older people.

New Zealand Home & Community Health Association
The Association (HCHA) represents providers of home and community health services in New Zealand.

Seniorline is a national information service to help older people and their whanau navigate the health system. It is funded by all 20 District Health Boards in New Zealand. Seniorline provides information to assist older people to make decisions about staying at home, support for carers and residential care.

Living in retirement - Sorted
Information from Sorted on how to manage your finances in retirement.

SuperGold Card
Information on the discounts and concessions card issued free to all eligible seniors and veterans.

Work and Income Senior Services
Information relating to superannuation, entitlements, work and income, financial means assessment and SuperGold cards.

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