Manukau Courier : January 25th 2011
17 MANUKAU COURIER, JANUARY 25, 2011 NEWS EARN WHILE YOU LEARN Fit your studies around your job and family Flexible online learning Simply the BEST! Patrick Sosene Lepua Qualification: Certificate in Freight Forwarding (Operations) Level 4 Position: Station Agent Ididn'twanttoenduponabenefitsoIenrolledatBESTtodoFreight.Ienjoyed studying at BEST because unlike other schools, they focused on one subject/topic for acoupleofmonthsbeforemovingon.Asayoungster,beinginaclasswithmature students taught me to be more respectful and focused on what I was doing. Get qualified for a great job. ENROL TODAY! • Business • Computing • Business Administration • Freight Forwarding • Information Technology • Retail & Business • Tourism & Travel • Teacher Education BEST out performs all other education providers when it comes to delivering results for Pacific students. Visit www.best.ac.nz to see how BEST stacks up. Stroke victims getting younger By NICOLA WILLIAMS Prevention is key: Stroke specialist Cynthia Bennett says there are steps people can take to avoid becoming one of a rising number of younger people having strokes. Photo: NICOLA WILLIAMS Younger people are increasingly being affec- ted by a disease often associated with the eld- erly. About 5 percent of stroke patients admitted to Middlemore Hospital are aged from 15 to 45. While strokes can be debilitating, people are not powerless to reduce the chances of them occurring, rehabilitation consultant Cynthia Ben- nett says. Risk factors that can t be controlled are gen- etics, previous strokes and age but those that can be alleviated are smoking, high blood pressure, high choles- terol, diabetes and sed- entary lifestyles. Young people who have strokes are usually smokers because smok- ing increases the risk by 12 percent, Dr Bennett says. The hormones associ- ated with pregnancy can also trigger strokes in younger people. Those with heart problems are at in- creased risk because they can lead to thicken- ing of the blood. Blockage of blood vessels puts all the body s organs at risk, she says. Stroke patients are often prompted into healthy lifestyle changes which have a positive flow-on effect to the rest of the family, she says. But more people should think about changing their lifestyle before stroke occurs. People have the impression doctors try to tell people how to live their lives but we see what happens when you don t live a healthy lifestyle. It s about maxi- mising your quality of life. Strokes can be debil- itating to the point people can t swallow, feed or go to the toilet themselves. In the most serious cases they can have a massive effect on patients lives. They are used to being in control of their life, their job, their role as a parent or spouse and everything changes, Dr Bennett says. It can be financially devastating and relation- ships can turn into a patient and caregiver role. I say to people the stroke didn t just happen to you -- it s your body but it affects everyone who cares about you. Patients suffer from depression, lose their ability to control their emotions and sometimes exhibit inappropriate social behaviours. Dr Bennett urges people to make lifestyle changes starting with small steps. It s easier to start now than in five years. Snapshot of charities reveals $10.5b boost Charities have a $10.5 billion impact on New Zealand s economy, new figures show. Charities Commis- sion chief executive Trevor Garrett re- leased a Snapshot of the Charitable Sector which shows registered charities reported more than $10.5b in income during the year to October 31, 2010, including $0.7b in donations. Between them chari- ties reported spending more than $8.2b on carrying out their activities. Around 94 percent of organis- ations had an income of less than $1 million -- and of those about 70 percent had an income of less than $100,000. Just over 1100 chari- ties reported an income between $1m and $20m and 50 charities had an income of $20m or more. They reported an average of 1.1 million volunteer hours each week in the same period -- equivalent to 27,500 fulltime staff -- and 4.1 million paid hours each week -- equivalent to 102,500 fulltime staff. They employed just over 150,000 full or part-time paid staff but more than 393,000 people volunteered during the year. Mr Garrett says the information filed by registered charities in their annual returns provides a valuable pic- ture of who is involved in the sector, what they are doing and who they are helping. It also provides infor- mation about charities income and how they are using it to make a difference. Almost everyone in New Zealand, in one way or another, is involved with a charity at some time in their life -- either as a donor, a volunteer or as a recipient of one of their services. Charities are involved in a huge range of activities and are in almost every community, large or small. Go to www.charities. govt.nz to see the full report.
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