North Shore Times : February 21st 2103
www.northshoretimes.co.nz 4 NORTH SHORE TIMES, FEBRUARY 21, 2013 NEWS Best of Fresh for Less NST21/2 Greville Road, Albany Ph (09) 475 5271 174 Mokoia Road, Birkenhead Ph (09) 419 8006 343 Albany Highway North Harbour Ph (09) 448 5569 Normal opening hours 7.30am to 6.30pm -- All specials available until closing time Sun 24 Feb or while stock lasts All our fresh fruit and vegetables in store are clearly labelled for country of origin Green Seedless Grapes $4.99kg Flatto Peaches $4.99kg Fresh Carrots 79¢kg Australia New Season Royal Gala Apples $1.99kg Round Beans $1.99bag 300g Central Otago Truss Tomatoes $2.89kg 5185509AB SUMMER SALE Quality Paint Prices Valid March in ???? AVONDALE 660 Rosebank Rd Ph: 820 2001 GLENFEILD 56Ellice Rd Ph: 444 1273 STORES OPEN: Mon - Fri 7:30am - 5:00pm Sat 9:00 - 1:00pm We also stock a large range of: Marine Coatings Industrial Coatings Wall Papers Accessories Dollar Saver Flat Wall & Ceiling 10L$85 Dollar Saver Satin Wall & Ceiling 10L $85 Dollar Saver Primer All Purpose Undercoat 10L $85 Dollar Saver Low Sheen Exterior 10L $89 ECL Fence Stain 10L $3550 Roof Paint 10L $11995 Val can still do the splits aged 89 Party trick: Albany's Val Harper, 89, shows off the splits, right, and another of her acrobatic feats, above. Photo: SUPPLIED TRANSPORT NEEDED Any offers of transport or financial support to get Dee's Group members to and from their weekly group would be much appreciated. Contact Margaret Pont on 489 3176 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. By MARYKE PENMAN Family network: From left: Grandson Jonathan Padoa, daughter Linda Padoa, Val Harper, 89, son-in-law Peter Padoa and granddaughter Nikole Padoa. Photo: MARYKE PENMAN Acrobatics are a stretch at any age, let alone at almost 90 years old. But Albany woman Val Harper, 89, is proof that age is no barrier to flexibility. Ms Harper can not only do the splits with ease, but can touch her head to her knees while upside down -- a feat that puts even her grand- children to shame. While physically fit, Ms Harper is one of almost 50,000 New Zealanders living with dementia. Dementia is progressive and can affect one's memory, behaviour, personality and thinking. It occurs mostly in those aged over 65 with the most common form being Alz- heimer's disease. Daughter Linda Padoa says although her mum is not on the same mental wave length'' as others, she is determined to maintain her independence. She has been known to climb a fence and shin up a drainpipe in order to access her first floor balcony when she's locked herself out. She is strongly opposed to the idea of moving into any form of assisted-living,'' she says. As such Ms Harper lives in an apartment on her own but is no longer able to drive. This has left her feeling lonely, bored and frustrated Mrs Padoa says. Dee's Group, a social club for those with dementia, has been a life-saver'', she says. Run via a partnership between Mairangi and Castor Bay Presbyterian Church and Homelink, an elderly support service linked with the church, Dee's Group provides friendship and stimulation for those with dementia. Volunteers organise four hours of sporting, musical and social activities a week for members in Mairangi Bay and Takapuna. She absolutely loves it, now she has something to look forward to,'' grandson Jonathan Padoa says. In early 2011, Mrs Padoa says she noticed a rapid decline in her mother's health. Her weight went down. She has always been tiny but she was on the verge of being hospitalised.'' The usual signs of forget- fulness also started to ring alarm bells, she says. Dee's Group has given her mum quality of life back, Mrs Padoa says and the family is now confident she can look after herself at home. Call Margaret Pont on 489 3176 or email margaret.pont@psn. org.nz.
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