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Age Concern Mallorca are already planning for Europe Day on 12th May and are looking for prizes (however big or small) for their tombola, which was very successful last year.  So, if anyone has a prize to donate could they either bring it to the next LACE lunch or contact Jill Witkamp.  They are also planning to have a “jar” stall with anything edible in a jar (chutneys, jam, marmalade, sweets, nuts, olives), if you would like to make something please again bring it along to the lunch or contact Jill.  If possible no labels on the jars except for on the lid, with contents and date it was made.

Contact Jill Witkamp for donations & prizes at

or for any other info. on Age Concern Mallorca, contact Jackie Codd at

I never ever thought I would suffer from Insomnia, me? no… never ever…. I was a hit the pillow and sleep through WW3 type…. but as I became a women of a certain age… Insomnia hit me like a sledgehammer… and I could not function…. I couldn’t get off to sleep, and I couldn’t stay asleep and quite frankly it was actually very distressing on many levels. Not only are you exhausted mentally and physically, but to add to the mix, that the bogey men comes out at night and every teeny, tiny problem becomes enormous…   you see the start of a very tiring vicious circle.  So you lay there worrying and worrying… or get up, drink tea, watch night time TV (which I must tell you is complete rubbish!) and well tea is full of caffeine and makes you pee!  Then at 6 in the morning you crawl into the bed and yes, sleep like a log…. for an hour!!! Only to repeat the same exercise the following night…..sound familiar?

So Insomnia is something I have experienced and still do on some occasions… but I am lucky! This is one condition where I can actually poke myself with needles….

Acupuncture is REALLY effective in the treatment of Insomnia. There have been a few research projects conducted in the last few years and the results give an out right YES, acupuncture really is a wonderful way to treat insomnia…. in fact it is 90% effective!

Insomnia is quite complicated scientifically speaking. In order to sleep we need adequate levels of serotonin and melatonin racing around our body especially if we are anxious too. And guess what Insomnia makes us very anxious…. if we don’t have enough of these lovely neurohormones we just don’t sleep and become more anxious!

Melatonin is a Central nervous system depressant with anxiolytic, mild hypnotic and anticonvulsant actions …definitely what we need at bedtime… The pattern of melatonin secretion over a 24-hour period is widely accepted as a measure of circadian activity (our internal body clock… the one that makes us wake up at the same time each day without an alarm clock especially on Sunday morning!) in humans. This pattern is disrupted in insomnia. Compared to normal patients, those with insomnia have suppressed nocturnal outputs of melatonin and are more likely to have histories of depression.

The good news is…. Acupuncture consistently raises the Melatonin level (tested by 24 hour monitoring of levels in urine) Urine analysis showed that nocturnal physiological levels of ‘aMT6s’ (melatonin) increased following acupuncture and decreased during the morning and early afternoon.

So this is all wonderful proof that acupuncture is a safe and effective treatment for Insomnia…. So if you are counting sheep on a regular basis here is your answer.

You can find the research project here:

See original blog post written by Anne Verrinder on – 5th March 2013

LACE Member profile: Anne Verrinder

Acupuncture sessions at Acu-Nova priced at 50€ a session. LACE Member discount: 20%

Five simple, yoga-like exercises have succeeded in fascinating millions of people throughout the world with their rejuvenating effect.

During this 2 ½ hour workshop you will learn about the history, recent theories on why the Rites are so effective, and how to do them on your own at home.

This workshop will be offered in English by Linda Wenzek-Barth, a German-American Naturopath who visited Tibet while living and working in Beijing,China in the late ‘80’s.

  • Where:  Sa Taronja Cultural Centre, Andratx (directions will be sent upon registration)
  • When:   March 26th 2013  (10:00-12:30)
  • Investment:  € 25 (all proceeds for this workshop will go to help support the Cultural Association “Sa Taronja”)

Registration:  call Linda on +34 971 – 13 73 83 or e-mail (as I will be away March 14-24th, I will confirm your registration latest by the 24th)

(Please bring a bottle of water, a mat, and wear comfortable clothing.)

The Five Tibetan Rites

These five simple, yoga-like exercises made famous by Peter Kelder’s book “The Eye of Revelation” first published in 1939, and reissued as “Ancient Secret of the Fountain of Youth” in 1947, have succeeded in fascinating millions of people throughout the world with their rejuvenating effect. Credited for everything from increased energy to a better memory, weight loss and just looking and feeling younger,  they are simple to learn and require very little effort, other than the willpower to do them.

Even if you practice no other sports, the Five Tibetan Rites offer a very complete exercise program, for in contrast to most western sports,  the Rites address every system of the body – the endocrine system, the circulatory system, the lymphatic system, the nervous system, the musculatory system, every organ, as well as the body’s energy centers, the chakras are influenced in a positive way.

Mari Cunningham & Janet Alford would be delighted if you would join them for the official opening of their second office in Alaro on Saturday 15th December from 15.00 until 18.00.

The opening of the office coincides with the annual Alaro Christmas Fair.

Please come along and share some mulled wine and mince pies.

Live music with Michelle Mae.

The office is on the main street as you drive into Alaro, C/ Alexandre Rossello, 7.


Cunningham & Associates

Solicitors, Legal & Tax Advice

Miguel de los Santos Oliver, 2 1ºA, Palmanova 07180

C/ Alexandre Rossello, 7, Alaro


Tlf: 971.591.118 – Fax: 971.681.127 – Movil: 696.035.931

AC Mallorca does not receive funding from AGE UK, any government or other organisation and is totally non- profit, non-political, non-denominational and non-judgemental. We are all unpaid VOLUNTEERS, who are altruistic citizens wishing to help others in a responsible, sensible, helpful way with the well-being of the elderly foremost in our minds.


  • Loan of medical aids – wheelchairs, walking frames, commodes, toilet seat raisers, bath swivel chairs, crutches, etc.
  • Hospital and Residential Home visits
  • Delivery of Food Hampers to the elderly in need
  • Work in close connection with the British Consulate on numerous Lifeline cases
  • Social Services/hospital departments – assistance with welfare matters
  • Form filling – Spanish / British
  • Disability/Blue Badge applications
  • Assistance with renewal of British Passports and Gratis UK Passports
  • Signposting to nursing services
  • Signposting to Residential/Sheltered care homes/accommodation locally
  • Advance Funeral arrangements
  • Information on topics of interest to the over- 50s resident on Mallorca and mainland Spain
  • Talking Books
  • Fundraising
  • Cultural & Social events
  • Any information we receive is treated in the strictest of confidence and we are bound by the Data Protection Act/Ley de Proteción de Datos.


  • Support our Hamper Appeal, now in 10th year
  • Assist with Fundraising (arrange an event in aid of AC Mallorca, help at events, donate prizes)
  • Promote and attend fundraising events held by or in aid of AC Mallorca
  • Become a volunteer / Residential Home Visiting Team
  • Spread awareness

We would really appreciate any support you can give us. If you are interested in any of the things we do or wish to become a volunteer please contact Jackie at

Any of you who wish to help us with fundraising by arranging an event in aid of AC Mallorca, or offer a venue, or being part of our event team please either contact Jackie or Jill at

The Federación de Age Concern España consists of individual (Age Concern) organisations: AC Almanzara, AC Costa Blanca Sur (Torrevieja), AC Costa Calida (Murcia), AC Costa de la Luz (Chiclana), AC Estepona & Manilva, AC Ibiza & Formentera, AC Mallorca, AC Menorca and ACASA – the National Casework Service of Age Concern España. Age Concern España was founded in 1994 and all AC organisations are fully registered non-profit Spanish charitable organisations, providing support and promoting the wellbeing of the over 50s in Spain since their creation.

Photo: Samantha Hemsley Photography

Anne Verrinder (Acu-Nova) is thrilled to have her new website up & running and is busy adding interesting information advising on how acupuncture can relieve symptoms of various physical and psychological conditions and even encourage the body to heal and repair itself.  Based in Palma, Anne combinines the ancient Asian techniques with modern medical knowledge to help her clients with many problems, from musculoskeletal pain to asthma, from migraines to menopausal symptoms.

LACE Member discount: 20% on treatments

Please take a look and let her know what you think and if you have any queries, contact Anne at ·  +34 – 971 468 435

Anne´s Member profile

Acu-Nova… Its not all about Acupuncture, sometimes all we need is a little TLC to put us back on track… so, for the next two weeks only, I am offering massage sessions for only 30€…..(normally 50€)!  This offer is not just for LACE members, it is also open to all their friends. (Offer now extended –  ends Friday 11th  May 2012)

Don´t miss out call Anne Verrinder now on +34 971 468 435 or +34 676 333 065 or email

Anne has some very interesting information about acupuncture on her new website. Please take a look

MAP to Acu-Nova, Palma

Acu-Nova on Facebook

LACE member profile: Anne Verrinder

Joanna Young of Estudio 3 for  is featured in the April issue of A Place in the Sun Magazine.

It´s a great interview and LACE is very proud to be listed as one of her survival tips for running her successful gift shop in Mallorca – thank you Joanna!

Please click on the image below and magnify to read.

Photo of Joanna by Samantha Hemsley Photography

Article arranged by Sarah Drane

Samantha being presented with the IWD Award by Kay Newton. Photo: Kate Mentink

LACE is very lucky to have the talented photographer, Samantha Hemsley, as a member and we are very pleased to have so many of her wonderful photos on our website. So, we were all delighted when Samantha was presented with the International Women´s Day Award 2011 at this year´s event on 8th March 2012.

If you would like a glimpse as to why Samantha is so special, please have a look at the following film where she talks about her passion for photography and what inspired her to produce the Celebration of Women Calendar 2012 and set up the In Celebration of Life charity.

Film produced by Andrew Gardner and Daniela Garrett from Liquidisco

The British International School Palma is holding a Diamond  Jubilee Fair on Saturday 2nd June 2012 @ 11.30 with all proceeds going to the Salvation Army.

If you are interested in having a stand or donating a prize, please get in touch with them asap.

Tel: +34 971 403 161  ·

British International School Palma, C/ Maria Villangomez 17, Palma de Mallorca

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