After years of helping others as a home care worker, 68-year-old Mary Atkinson is finding she needs a bit of help herself.
Mary, a resident of Moncton, has serious knee and back problems that cannot be fixed through surgery. The pain and weakness have compromised her mobility and she was finding it increasingly difficult to get around and manage the daily chores of life.
“I could hear my knees grinding,” she says with a laugh. “I was going to reach for the WD-40 to see if that would help. I tell you, getting old is all about falling apart. But I still have my sense of humour.”
Mary’s outlook has also brightened thanks to the recent arrival of a brand new electric scooter to help her keep moving.
Thanks to assistance from Ability New Brunswick, Mary was able to secure a grant for a scooter. She is struck by the new horizons it has opened for her.
“It’s going to be such a great help to get me outdoors again and even to do my own shopping,” she says, adding that a pharmacy and grocery store are within an easy drive of her apartment. “It just makes life better and easier for me.”
Mary says she is very thankful for Ability New Brunswick which has helped her get other devices to make life easier, including a walker for around the house.
“I feel like the folks at Ability NB are partners in helping to keep me mobile,” she says. “It’s great to know that kind of help is there when you need it.”