Sometimes, whether you like it or not, life takes you on a journey. For me it was a journey of mind over matter.
Back in May 2016 I had a cardiac arrest while teaching an Aqua Aerobics class at the Onehunga Pools. Although a healthy, fit, pro-active, and positive individual, I nevertheless had to be resuscitated by staff with the use of a brilliant piece of 21st century equipment, the AED defibrillator. I was brought back to life, which for a few tense minutes we thought would never happen.
Twelve months on and I am so loving my new life. “Take your time. No hurry to come back to teach your classes because Debbie and Rosie are there to cover,” I was told.
“But,” you may ask, “didn't I see you taking Brain Function and Neva Give Up on Mondays?” Absolutely! Because I had no memory for two days, I decided to create a class that will help other people, regardless of age, to try and pull from their memory, bits of lost information.
We started out with just a few. Some outdid themselves, so I weeded out those fortunates and concentrated instead on the challenges. We are progressing very well, tackling Scrabble, word-find, crossword puzzles, card towers etc. If I run out of ideas, I utilise the Beacon - I highlight my copy for questions, and the answers are scattered which means they must skim through the pages.
Another exceptional class, and my pride and joy, is Active Achievers – a group of seniors aged 70-plus, having fun each Wednesday at 9.30am while actively achieving their goals with dance and team building, and finishing with morning tea.
I am so blessed to be part of the Community Centre, and my two colleagues and myself are so grateful for the support of Graham, Maree and Stephanie.
Annie T (Group Fitness Instructor and Nana)
Nga mihi kia koutou katoa.