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.

Super Crafty Club 65+ years @ Aranui Library, part of a series

Drop in to our seniors' arts and crafts sessions. Each session will have a different project for you to try.

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

Justices of the Peace (JPs)

Justices of the Peace are in regular attendance at some of our libraries. Find out where and when.

But I don't know how to knit!!

Knit in Public Day is coming up. But what if you don't know how to knit? Valerie has some recommendations for beginners.

Knit in Public Day

Jun 8th | 10:30am - 12:30pm
Come and join us to celebrate Knit in Public Day at Redwood Library from 10.30am to 12.30pm. Bring along a project or start something new.

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

General Information

Age Concern connects, supports, empowers, celebrates and respects all older people in an inclusive community. They have social outings, a range of services such as home and health services, and a useful information directory.

Citizens Advice Bureau provides free, confidential, independent information and advice about your rights on a huge range of topics including funerals, wills, insurance, and trusts.

Eldernet is an online resource for information about support at home, residential care and retirement villages including a retirement checklists and a database of homes available now.

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

Top resources and tips for older older people.

New Zealand Aged Care Association  is the largest association representing all parts of New Zealand’s aged residential care sector.

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

Super Seniors is run by the Office for Seniors and is a gateway to information on Government services for anyone aged 65+, including applying for NZ Superannuation, financial planning and information on health and wellbeing.

Social Groups and Activities

Book Discussion Scheme (BDS) is a nationwide not-for-profit organisation that lends books and professionally prepared discussion notes to book groups. Groups receive enough copies of their selected title to allow everyone in the group to read the same book at the same time. Find out more about BDS and other book Clubs run through Christchurch City Libraries.

CINCH is an online community directory of clubs, community organisations and continuing education course providers in the greater Christchurch area.

CWEA (Canterbury Workers’ Educational Association) offer courses in a wide range of interest areas with a special focus on Social Justice and Democracy. Recreation and relaxation are also catered for with courses including Tai Chi, singing for pleasure, drawing etc.

Sport Canterbury has many resources to keep you well and help you Live Stronger for Longer. These include community classes, online exercises to follow at home, as well as information on nutrition and wellbeing.

Volunteering Canterbury has a great database of volunteering roles available in Canterbury which you can access with a free membership.


Te Ara Ahunga Ora (Retirement Commission) Te Ara Ahunga Ora translates to the 'pathway to developing long-term wellbeing'. It reflects that people are on a journey and aligns to the work they do on financial wellbeing, retirement villages and retirement income policies.

Fisher Funds can help financially plan your retirement with information on KiwiSaver and how to approach your bank. They have a thorough planning guide answering many frequently asked questions.

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

Planning for retirement | New Zealand Government ( has useful information from the government about NZ superannuation, SuperGold cards, and KiwiSaver.

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


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.

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.

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.

NZ Telehealth Resource Centre  focuses on the distribution of health-related services and information via electronic information and telecommunication technologies. It promotes the use of telehealth in the provision of healthcare and is funded by the Ministry of Health.

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

Seniorline is a national information service to help older people and their whānau 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.

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