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Equipment to support living with an upper limb amputation

17 April 2018 – Approximately 1 person in 1,000 in New Zealand has lost a limb. That’s around 4,300 amputees living in our communities. Upper limb amputation can result in a big lifestyle change where simple daily tasks such as dressing, cooking and self-care become more challenging than ever before. The loss of an upper limb may also impact engagement…

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Get out and enjoy events in your region this summer

It’s a great time to get out and make the most of the settled weather and long days. The good news is there’s plenty of choice when it comes to finding accessible and affordable events in your community. Hamilton What: Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival When: 19 – 28 February Where: Hamilton Gardens Cost: varies, but many events are free or…

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News from the disability sector

New Zealand Disability Strategy up for revision The New Zealand Disability Strategy revision process is now underway with the reference group meeting just days after Disability Issues Minister Nicky Wagner announced the appointments to the reference group on 5 February. The Disability Strategy was introduced in 2001 with a vision of a society that values the lives and continually enhances…

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What’s on: events from around the regions

Halberg Junior Disability Games Young athletes are set to descend on St Peter’s School in Cambridge on Friday 22 April for the 2016 Halberg Junior Disability Games, a national three day sports competition for physically disabled or visually impaired young people aged eight to 21 years old. Athletes will compete in regional teams in 15 sports including; football, archery, athletics,…

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Aids for daily living with Parkinson’s

Parkinson’s is a progressive neurodegenerative condition that affects 1 in 500 people. It’s caused by lowered dopamine production in the brain. Dopamine is the chemical responsible for coordinated physical movement. Parkinson’s can strike at any age, but it is most common among older age groups. The average age at diagnosis is 59 years. There is no cure for Parkinson’s, but…

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What is a Bidet and Why Do I Need One?

How does a bidet work?     A bidet toilet seat can be installed over your existing toilet.  It plumbs in to your toilet’s existing plumbing with easy to follow instructions.  A nearby power socket is required.  Life Unlimited recommend a plumber assists with installation. The bidet cleanses with a gentle stream of warm water, followed by a temperature controlled…

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November is Diabetes Action Month

More than 250,000 New Zealanders live with diabetes, and another 50 are diagnosed every day. The focus of Diabetes Action Month is to encourage New Zealanders to be aware of the risk factors associated with diabetes, and take action to reduce risk by adopting a healthier lifestyle. The national campaign coincides with the launch of an online calculator designed to…

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Three Scooters That Travel the Longest Distance

Did you know that the world record for longest distance travelled on a mobility scooter in a day is 436 kilometers? That’s just like travelling between our Hamilton and Tauranga stores four times! While you may not want a mobility scooter to break world records, it’s great to know that your scooter is capable of taking you long distances. Ideally…

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