73 year old Hagley Road Village resident and former Structural Engineer Geoff Green had a stroke four years ago. He says the gym at the Village has helped him enormously.
"I always used to enjoy being active, playing football and then golf. I was on the golf course when the stroke happened. It affected my left side and at first I couldn’t walk but I am walking reasonably well now even though I use a stick. My leg, arm and my hand are still weak.
"I started going to the gym about three months ago, just to see how much I could do. Dan, the Fitness Instructor, was very helpful and showed me how to use the machines. There’s a special machine that works your legs and arms, it gets my muscles working which is excellent.
"I wanted to try to improve my mobility and to improve the quality of life for myself and my wife Olivia. It is very hard on Olivia because she cares for me; she has to do a lot of things now that I can’t do, like carrying all the shopping. It’s a burden on her. I wanted to improve my abilities for her sake as well as my own.
"I have certainly noticed a difference since I started using the gym. It has strengthened my legs, I can now walk further than I used to be able to and my balance is better. I can walk around the apartment without using my stick since I’ve used the gym. It feels like I am getting back towards something like a normal life.
"I go to the gym three times a week and look forward to going. I feel it is good mentally and physically. You get to know the people who go to there. I think is important for older people to keep fit, not just to extend your life but to make it more enjoyable.
"Having the stroke has changed my life but I am coming to terms with it more now. Life is much better. Hagley Road Village is definitely the best place for us to be. If you feel a little bit fed up there’s always someone to chat to."