David Hewitt has always been an active person and would not let the two strokes he had six years ago change that.
Mr Hewitt was 75 years old when he had a stroke on a Sunday and another one on the following Thursday. Now at 81 years of age, through exercise, good humour and lots of perseverance, he is on the right track to recovery.
After six weeks in rehabilitation, he moved to South Australia’s ACH Group’s West Park in Goolwa, where he found the support of his family and the staff to write a new chapter of his life.
“After I moved to West Park, one of the staff suggested I started exercising. I was reluctant at first but I started exercising in my room,” Mr Hewitt said.
That was in September last year. Mr Hewitt now goes to the gym four times a week and enjoys every minute of it.
“After going to the gym regularly, David became stronger and more independent,” his wife, Cathie, said.
“He has achieved so much and after only a few months exercising he was able to stand up. It was quite an achievement that brought tears to our eyes. The next goal is to take some steps.”
Mrs Hewitt said that apart from the physical benefits, the gym sessions have brought more happiness and confidence to David’s life.
“He is more outgoing and his speech has also improved. The gym has been excellent because it is a great social atmosphere,” she said.
ACH Group’s healthy ageing coordinator, Sandy Palmer, agreed Mr Hewitt’s attitude has changed.
“I only facilitate his progress but he is the one to be credited with his recovery. He always has a say on what works best for him,” Ms Palmer said.
“West Park has 30 residents attending the gym regularly and they have inspired each other to achieve more each day.”
ACH Group is committed to provide a model of care and wellbeing that encourages activity in everyday life.
At West Park, residents have opportunities to be active, connect to others and engage in what they love to do.
Pictured is Mr Hewitt with his wife Cathie after one of his regular gym exercise sessions at ACH Group’s West Park.