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24 July 2010

REORGANISED
The Waikato Branch of the Post Polio Support Society NZ (Inc) has elected a new committee after many years of functioning informally. You can see and read about some of the past meetings on this web site. It is important that as Polio survivors age, we are able to receive support both from our peer group and from medical services which are becoming harder and harder to access. The reason for formalizing the Hamilton group is to better represent the needs of our members to those medical services and providers.

Waikato PPS committee
Waikato Post Polio Support Group committee
Back Row: Noel Morris, Jack Norton, John Forbes (President), Helen Cook
Front Row Jean Cotter (Vice President), Alan McAllen, Laura Ladkin

Our new president John Forbes is one of the younger members of the group. As he has been confronting the effects of Post Polio Syndrome in his own life, he has become increasingly involved in the Society, and also serves on the National Board of Management.

John F

Our guest speaker at the July 24th meeting was Margaret Holroyd who gave us a thought-provoking talk THE JOYS & CHALLENGES OF AGEING. Margaret has lived with a disability and has learnt some of the secrets of how to age with enthusiasm. She left us with lots of ideas and challenges.

Margaret Holroyd speaks at the wpps meeting

Because the PPSS National Annual Meeting will be held as a Mini Conference in Hamilton in September (see separate notice) there will not be another Support Group meeting in Hamilton until November or December. Normally there are four meetings annually, where those who are experiencing Post Polio symptoms and their familes and carers get together and share stories, ideas, information and encouragement with one another.

















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