Stroke survivors find support in Gisborne
We usually associate strokes with our older citizens, but strokes can happen to any person at any age. At the Life Unlimited Store in Gisborne, one of our long-term volunteers suffered a debilitating stroke at age 29. It was a long journey back for Julie Stevenson, but she has remained optimistic and caring, and is a true inspiration to us all here in the Store.
Julie is heavily involved in a group that supports stroke survivors who are under the age of 65 years. The Gisborne Stroke Support group holds monthly meetings; and they also offer a walking group, mentor support and exercise classes. Through this group, people who have had a stroke have an opportunity to meet with other stroke survivors and find out how they have coped with their stroke journey and rehabilitation.
People in the under-65 age group often face different issues than older people. Many experience financial difficulties as a result of not being able to work, and some may have young children to care for too. The group is there to provide information and support to all its members.
If you, or someone you know, would benefit from contact with the Gisborne Stroke Support group, you can talk with staff at the Gisborne Life Unlimited Store. Julie is usually in the store on Fridays from 3-4pm and would be only too happy to assist you. Alternatively, you can contact Julie through the Gisborne Stroke Support office on 06 863 2716.
Lottery grant recipient enjoys new independence
Gisborne Life Unlimited customer, Hana Grace, is now able to navigate safely around the city with ease and comfort.
Mrs Grace, a successful Lottery grant recipient, came into the Gisborne Life Unlimited Store to show off her driving skills and to tell us how she is enjoying getting out and about independently on her new mobility scooter — no small feat for a lady that has progressively lost the ability to access her community for a number of years due to the ongoing effects of a stroke.
Mrs Grace also wanted to thank us for our assistance in helping her work through the application process for the grant. Mrs Grace was thrilled to have been successful in her application and wants to thank all the people who have made her new mobility scooter possible. Now she has big plans for the future, including volunteering for Gisborne Age Concern.