Eastern Courier : January 19th 2011
7 EASTERN COURIER, JANUARY 19, 2011 NEWS FREE CALL: 0508 GO HARVEY (0508 46 4278) www.harveynorman.co.nz Product offers are valid from 21/01/11 until 24/01/11. • ASHBURTON (03) 307 5000 • BLENHEIM (03) 520 9700 • CHRISTCHURCH CITY (03) 353 2440 • DUNEDIN (03) 471 6510 • HAMILTON SUPA CENTA (07) 850 7300 • HASTINGS (06) 873 7150 • INVERCARGILL (03) 219 9100 • LOWER HUTT (04) 894 8200 • MANUKAU CITY (09) 262 7050 • MT MAUNGANUI (07) 572 7200 • MT WELLINGTON (09) 570 3440 • NELSON (03) 539 5000 • NEW PLYMOUTH (06) 759 2900 • PALMERSTON NORTH (06) 350 0400 • PORIRUA CITY (04) 237 2600 • PUKEKOHE (09) 237 3500 • ROTORUA (07) 343 9800 • TIMARU (03) 687 7000 • WAIRAU PARK (09) 441 9750 • WANGANUI (06) 349 6000 • WHAKATANE (07) 306 0600 • WHANGAREI (09) 470 0300 196084_NNZ NEW ZEALAND'S HOME OF FURNITURE AND BEDDING 30% off MUST END MONDAY! STORE STOCK ONLY ALL FLOOR MODELS! Furniture and Bedding Percentage is off the normal ticketed price. House sales drop Residential real estate sales lagged but prices remained stable in the Eastern Courier s distri- bution area in December and throughout 2010. The average sale price for homes sold in the area over 2010 held steady at $542,866, com- pared with $544,066 in 2009, Barfoot and Thompson managing director Peter Thompson says. The region s average remained stable with a one percent increase to $529,648. Mr Thompson says the results show that, like the rest of the market, activity in the area is consistent. One trend was a drop in the number of sales per month. The decline in east Auckland of 18 percent is comparable with the Auckland-wide decline in the number of sales of about 15 percent year on year. Mr Thompson says there are signs of a poss- ible strong start to 2011 and to another steady year ahead. But it comes with a warning. Continued increases in the average sale price are likely to be in- cremental. Pakuranga and Dan- nemora had the greatest sales activity in the area throughout 2010. Stroke victims getting younger 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 By 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 as it increases the risk by 12 per cent, Dr Bennett says. The hormones associ- ated with pregnancy can also trigger strokes in younger people. Those with heart problems are at increased 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 affect to the rest of the family, she says. She says 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 their quality of life. She says strokes can be debilitating to the point people can t swal- low, feed or to the toilet themselves. In the most serious cases strokes 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 and lose their ability to control their emotions and have inap- propriate social behaviours. Dr Bennett urges people to make lifestyle changes starting with small steps. It s easier to start now than in five years, anything you can do now to make a change is more than what you were doing before.
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