‘Mind-numbing’ support and friendship from Age Concern

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“Six days on the road and I’m gonna make it home tonight” was the tongue-in-cheek way that Leon Goulding describes how his life has been turned around.

Eighteen months ago, Mr Goulding was living at Tokarahi and needed urgent medical attention. His wife had just died of leukemia and he was advised not to drive.

He said he went to Wayne Stringer, coordinator for Age Concern Waitaki, and yelled, “Help.”

“Wayne organised me a council flat and I needed a mobility scooter as I was having trouble walking.

“So he got me a mobility scooter using grants.

“He helped me with the paperwork which I was unable to do.

“The ongoing support, friendship and care which I have had from Age Concern has been mind-numbing,” Mr Goulding said.

Music is now playing a large role in his life. He plays the guitar and harmonica whenever he can and even plays to others in retirement homes.

“When you enjoy playing and people enjoy your music, everyone enjoys themselves.

“I really enjoy giving back.”

(This is the final in a series of articles in the Oamaru Mail marking Elder Awareness Week.)

By LINDA MCCARTHY