Ladysmith Stroke Recovery Group is still going strong

Stroke sufferers and their supporters express their appreciation for weekly get togethers.

Editor:

Re: Ladysmith Stroke Recovery Group

Three years, and we are still improving!

The group meets weekly for shared activities, fun and a light lunch.

Some have had a stroke and some are the caregivers who help and encourage their partners.

A few volunteers help with activities such as setting up the Bolo game, getting out the crossword books, organizing lunch and participating in exercises to increase flexibility. Bethel Tabernacle provides the space in the downstairs activity room on Thursday mornings from 11 a.m.

Comments from members: “We have all improved in our ability to walk, talk and laugh.” “We joined eight months ago. They have been encouraging, and we have a lot of laughs.”

“I was pleased to have a support group in Ladysmith because after a stroke, being social is very difficult. This group was a safe outlet, as the others there can relate totally to my emotions and physical difficulties.”

The group has placed posters in doctors’ and physical therapy offices, the Frank Jameson Community Centre, and local churches. We took part in the Health Fair twice.

“A stroke hits the whole family,” says one of the original members. “This group is a good place to interact and voice our problems. The difference it makes mentally and physically in the people is amazing.”

If you or someone you know needs this group, please call Ken or Flo at 250-245-8199.

Bethel Tabernacle is at 1149 Fourth Ave., just along the road from the Ladysmith Health Centre.

Caroline Davidson

PR Volunteer