A big shout out to all the volunteers out there, helping make the world a better place!!
International Volunteer Day is a United Nations led initiative held each year on 5 December. The theme for 2017 is “Volunteers Act First. Here. Everywhere.” The theme is recognition of volunteer efforts around the world, as well as a tribute to the support volunteers provide in times of instability, disasters or humanitarian crises.
Volunteering is any activity that involves putting your unpaid time, energy and skills for the greater good.
Why do people volunteer?
* To learn new skills, knowledge and experience
* To develop existing skills, knowledge and experience
* To find new passions
* To meet new people and forming long-term friends and partnerships
* To contribute to a good cause
* To make an invaluable difference
* To have fun!
Stroke Thriver, Maria, has registered for Wairua Warrior 2018!! She is more than excited to be taking on the #challenge and "Unleashing her Inner Warrior."
Do you have an #InnerWarrior that needs to be Unleashed? Do you have a goal/s for 2018 already in action or are thinking about, that makes you want to jump out of bed in the morning ready to take on that challenge? You gotta start somewhere and nows as good a time as any!
What is #Aphasia? Read below and click on the links to find out more. #Strokes are the highest cause of aphasia in #NewZealand
Difficulty producing language:
* Experience difficulty coming up with the words they want to say
* Substitute the intended word with another word that may be related in meaning to the target (e.g., "chicken" for "fish") or unrelated (e.g., "radio" for "ball")
* Switch sounds within words (e.g., "wish dasher" for "dishwasher")
* Use made-up words (e.g., "frigilin" for "hamburger")
* Have difficulty putting words together to form sentences
* String together made-up words and real words fluently but without making sense
Difficulty understanding language:
* Misunderstand what others say, especially when they speak fast (e.g., radio or television news) or in long sentences
* Find it hard to understand speech in background noise or in group situations
* Misinterpret jokes and take the literal meaning of figurative speech (e.g., "it's raining cats and dogs")
Difficulty reading and writing:
* Difficulty reading forms, pamphlets, books, and other written material
* Problems spelling and putting words together to write sentences
* Difficulty understanding number concepts (e.g., telling time, counting money, adding/subtracting)
. Kia Kaha to all stroke thrivers, families and carers around the world. Aroha and strength to you all
#bestrong #bitijak #oletugev #坚强 #weessterk #estuforta #oletugev #menjadikuat #êtrefort #मजबूतबनो #kuwananguvu #qina #güçlüol#будьсильным #fò #esistiprs #להיותחזק #Siiforte #kiakaha #iamalosi#قوياكن #sejaforte #vertusterkur #jadikuat #強くなる #olevahva
Recommended Read: YOUR GUIDE TO Exercise After a Stroke- a guide for people with stroke and their families
".. an estimated 65,000 stroke survivors in New Zealand most families have been or will be a ected by at least one member su ering a stroke... Every stroke is unique. Every person’s needs are different."
Click the image below for the free online booklet from Stroke Foundation of NZ
Activities Dr Barbara Fredrickson and others endorse to foster positive emotions include:
- #Dogoodthings for other people
- #Appreciate the world around you
- Develop and bolster #relationships
- Establish #goals that can be accomplished
- #Learn something new
- Choose to #acceptyourself, flaws and all
- Practice #resilience
- Practice #mindfulness
Learning to walk, talk and even smile all over again involves a lot, and I mean A LOT, of repetition during rehabilitation post stroke. Here's what happens to your brain when you do an activity over and over again:
Congratulations to our lucky winner of The New York Times best seller, ‘My Stroke of Insight’ by Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor... drum role please... Congratulations Jade Robertson!! You will be receiving this book via mail very very soon. We hope you enjoy reading it as much as many people around the world have done so 👍🤓
WIN! The New York Times bestseller ' My Stroke of Insight' by well known and respected Harvard University-trained and published neuroanatomist, Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor
WIN!! Type in your first name below to join our mailing list on the comments below to go in the draw to win The New York Times bestseller ' My Stroke of Insight' by well known and respected Harvard University-trained and published neuroanatomist, Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor. "A brain scientist's journey from a debilitating stroke to full recovery becomes an inspiring exploration of human consciousness and its possibilities."
The perfect Christmas present. Or why not treat yourself by keeping it for yourself! #GottabeintoWin
If you haven't seen her TED talk, please do. If you have, watch it again :)https://goo.gl/ytjZ1a
*Prize will be drawn on Tuesday 3 October as part ofStroke Week being 2-6 October, 2017 @12pm NZ time. Prize is for NZ residents only. Sorry! It gets a bit pricey sending it overseas.
Young Stroke Thrivers Foundation founder Maria's first walk, not stroll ;) 6months post surgery- tibial tendon transfer, calf lengthening tibialis posterior tendon lengthening
Here are a few photos of Young Stroke Thrivers Foundation founder Maria's first walk post surgery- not stroll ;) Today is exactly 6moths (24 weeks) after her tibial tendon transfer, calf lengthening tibialis posterior tendon lengthening surgery on April 6 at Mercy Hospital, Epsom. She said she found it very liberating to finally get out of the house and feel active again. A long way still to go but she is off to a great start!
#rehab #exercise #babysteps #onestepatatime #patience
#strokeofluck#21yearspoststroke #Nelson #MaitaiRiver #nature
"In 2013, Diana Hardeman was 30 years old. She was a vegetarian, a non-smoker, a surfer and the picture of health -- until she had a stroke." CBS Evening News
Click the link below to read and watch the full story:
Here is some key information from Harvard Medical School:~
"To some extent, especially in children and young adults, recovery is possible because of the brain's ability to compensate for damage in one area by working harder in another — by relying on alternate wiring for some functions or by rewiring around the injured site. When such rewiring isn't possible, rehabilitation techniques can help the brain recover function."
"loneliness or social isolation was associated with a... 32% higher risk of having a stroke"
Woooah!! Check this out... Young Stroke Thrivers Hugh, Sofia and Zoe hanging out with Snow Sports NZ Corey Peters (Paralympics New Zealand ski racer) AND Sam Lee (Ski racer turned freeride specialist) at Cardrona Alpine Resort
To experience the freedom of skiing= priceless. Thank you Adaptive Snow Sports NZ and volunteers!
--> Page 10 in the Wanaka Sunhttps://issuu.com/thewanakasun/docs/wanaka_sun_830
Want to know more about Corey Peters and Sam Lee? Head to--> https://www.snowsports.co.nz/…/our-adaptive…/corey-peters-2/
And Sam Lees page--> https://www.snowsports.co.nz/…/our-…/our-freeskiers/sam-lee/
#CoreyPeters #ParalympicsNZ #paralympins #freedomofskiing#freedom #removebarriers #snowshredders#InternationalParalympicCommittee #IPC#AdaptiveSnowSportsAthlete #SamLee #skirider #freerider#FreerideWorldTour #NZFreerideAthlete #SnowSportsNZ#AdaptiveSnowSportsNZ #athletes #MonsRoyale#CardronaAlpineResort
Sofia and Hugh made it into the Otago Daily Times yesterday wearing their ultra cool Mons Royale merino clothing. Woohoo!! Adaptive Snow Sports NZ at Cardrona Alpine Resort, NZ has strengthened their confidence and can do attitude in many a ways. We are super proud of them both! ⛄🎿👍
We shared our final Wanaka meal last night at the delicious Francesca's Italian Kitchen Wanaka with Hugh and Sofias family. Plus we had the extra bonus of having Andy from Black Peak Media joining us who kindly volunteered his time and skills during Hugh and Sofias first and last day of skiing. What a fantastic night we all had. Safe travels back to Auckland #Team.
Well done to our snow shredders Hugh and Sofia! It is their 4th and final day learning how to alpine ski for the first time in their lives today. Their empowering positive attitude with their confidence growing by the day while learning how to ski is such a milestone for them. Young Stroke Thrivers Foundation need your help in making this happen again for 2 more Young Stroke Thrivers, Winter 2018. Greatly appreciated big and small donations will help make this possible--> https://givealittle.co.nz/org/youngstrokethrivers
Thank you TVNZ 1, Seven Sharp, #FoundationNorth for helping create awareness. Children can have strokes too not only adults. And a big thank you to Stroke Foundation of NZ for putting in the time in making Seven Sharp happen.
*NEWSFLASH* Young Stroke Thrivers Hugh and Sofia will be on TVNZ 1 Seven Sharp tonight (Thursday 3 August), shredding the slopes at Cardrona. Paralympic stars in the making! 😁 🎿⛄❄️🌟⭐
Big shout out to Stroke Foundation of NZ for putting in the time in making Seven Sharp happen, #FoundationNorth or providing the grant for this project to take place, Adaptive Snow Sports NZ for all their support as well as past and present sponsors including...
Edgewater Lake Wanaka I Mons Royale I Cardrona Alpine Resort, NZ I New World Wanaka I Relishes Cafe I Francesca's Italian Kitchen Wanaka I Cinema Paradiso I Kai Whakapai Cafe I and so many many many more. Thank you, thank you, thank you as we wouldn't be where we are today without your support!
After 2 days of alpine skiing, it is time for a bit of rest and recovery for Young Stroke Thrivers Hugh and Sofia. They more than deserve it after all their hard work and effort up at Cardrona! It is the perfect day for a coffee and cake or delicious meal at Relishes Cafe, Francesca's Italian Kitchen Wanaka, Kai Whakapai Cafe or catching the latest movie at Cinema Paradiso. Maybe even squeeze in a bit of grocery shopping at New World Wanaka. They are spoilt for choice with so many kind and generous sponsors here in Wanaka, New Zealand. Thank you to each and every one of our our sponsors!
Hugh is all rugged up in Mons Royale merino ready to hit the slopes with Adaptive Snow Sports NZ! Sofia bringing her A-game to the slopes with Mons Royale!
Awesome effort from Hugh and Sofia during their Day 2 at Cardrona Alpine Resort, NZ. Wait a go team!
And a big shout out to Foundation North. We couldn't have done it without you :)
Mons Royale #MonsRoyale
Both Hugh and Sofia were real troopers today at Cardrona Alpine Resort, NZ as they were learning to alpine ski for the first time with the encouraging and supportive Adaptive Snow Sports NZ instructors and volunteers. Their top quality merino Mons Royale clothing was much needed to stay warm and snug. After a blissful night of rest and recovery at beautiful Edgewater Lake Wanaka, 2nd day of skiing is today. Woohoo!! We are all super excited about another fun filled day up in the snow 🤣🎿❄️
Hugh, Sofia, Adaptive Snow Sports NZ, Cardrona Alpine Resort, NZ, Foundation North, Young Stroke Thrivers Foundation made it into the Wanaka Sun. World famous in Wanaka, New Zealand 😊
Photo in the Wanaka Sun article by talented Jodie Rainsford Photography
Young Stroke Thrivers Foundation founder, Maria, was all too excited about Hugh and Sofia's upcoming Adaptive Snow Sports NZ at Cardrona Alpine Resort, NZ that she forgot to post her last day at Physio Fix on Friday. 12 weeks of physio later..
#15weekspostsurgery #arcillestendontransfer #21yearspoststroke #stroke#physio
#physiofix #rehab #patience
Click on the link below to read a Stuff.co.nz article about young stroke thriver Sofia's #stroke and her upcoming first ever alpine skiing trip to Cardrona Alpine Resort, NZ with Young Stroke Thrivers Foundation and Foundation North
Massey University conducted a recent survey about the experiences of younger stroke survivors in New Zealand. The aim of the study was to investigate the different problems that younger stroke survivors experience #poststroke.
- Lack of information was a problem experienced by a large number of the younger stroke survivors in this sample
- Limited information given after the acute phase regarding the rehabilitation process and what life would be like post-stroke
- An important take-away from this research is that younger stroke survivors in New Zealand experience a range of different problems including employment loss or disruption, problems with invisible disabilities and family life disruption.
- As stroke is commonly seen as an older aged disease; younger stroke survivor’s problems are often overlooked.
- Problems with invisible disabilities was rated as a significant problem.
- Employment loss or employment disruption, difficulty with self esteem,
difficulty with finances, reduction in leisure activities, family life disruption, lack of information post-stroke, limited access to community support services, difficulty returning to or beginning study, social isolation, problems with transport were rated as somewhat of a problem
- Post-stroke services should endeavour to acknowledge and address these different difficulties, as well as get to know the individual stroke survivors so that they feel heard and supported and believe that their problems have been validated.
#BeVisible #BeHeard #UniteForChange #PediactricStrokeAwareness