Eve Ruth is warm and friendly. She’s a good listener and happy to have a chat – all the qualities that make for a good friend. But after managing a long illness, Eve found the friendships she once enjoyed had vanished. An adult education programme in Hamilton called Life Friends has set her on the path to making and sustaining new connections.
It’s like going into training – to get the best out of your hearing devices you need to prepare, you need to practise and you need to be realistic, says hearing therapist Tracy Henderson.
Being healthy means you’re better able to cope with all the little stresses that everyday life throws at you, like getting stuck in traffic, sitting exams, or moving house. But even when you look after yourself, sometimes you might find things get a bit much. At times like these, you’ll need support to get you through.
If finding a girlfriend or boyfriend is important to you, don’t give up. Let your friends, family and support workers know that having a relationship is important to you and ask for their support.
Developing good relationships is important for our wellbeing. Good relationships make us feel safe and nurtured; they make us feel valued and give a sense of belonging.
Hamilton deputy mayor Martin Gallagher describes having his hearing tested and hearing aids fitted as being “transformational”. It’s just a pity he took so long before seeking help.
When Holly Campbell started seeing Auckland hearing therapist Debbie Brown from Life Unlimited Hearing Therapy she’d just lost a fulltime job due to her hearing loss.
Climbing a mountain and getting caught in a volcanic explosion might have changed the direction of William Pike’s life but plunging into the depths of the ocean challenges him now.
It’s important to do your homework when selecting providers of services, treatments or interventions.
Huhana Hickey a.k.a. Dr Hu is an outspoken advocate for disabled people. She describes how ageing has taught her to accept and celebrate who she is.