Amin Mali, PhD, P.Eng

Co-Founder at Hand Over Hand Network

 

Hand Over Hand (H2O) Network is a not-for-profit organization focused on creating mutually beneficial inter-generational interactions between young and old.

After experiencing a stroke 8 years ago which resulted in me having difficulty finding the right words and slurring my speech, I noticed I was doing a lot more active listening in conversations. 

My number one friends became seniors because I could communicate with them without speaking a lot. In most cases, they were lonely and wanted to be listened to. I learned a lot from them from stories of their life experiences both good and bad. 

The seniors who sat with me through the past 8 years were fountains of wisdom and wonderful companions who helped me get through a difficult period in my life. Having regained my health, I now have the opportunity to make a difference in their lives today.


 
One of the biggest challenges I faced after my strokes was learning how to WRITE again. Here are samples of my writing from before my strokes, right after my strokes and now. Directly after my strokes, I couldn’t even draw a straight line never mind writing a word or sentence. You can’t believe how excited I was when I could draw a straight line for the first time after my strokes. For two months, I worked from 8 am to 4 pm on my writing. I would write A, B, C, D and the rest of the alphabet until I learned how to write the entire list of letters again. I even learned how to  write in script. Here is a quote from Robert Frost that helped me continue my focus when I was practicing my writing.
 
2011 - The day after my strokes
2012 - In the rehab
2018 - The result of HOPE and PERSISTENCE
 

The Positive Thinkers Group 

Due to COVID-19 outbreak, PTG weekly meetings are being done virtually using ZOOM. Please contact the organizer if you are interested.

  • Activity: Seniors discussions group, but all ages welcome
  • Cost: Free
  • Date: Every Saturday
  • Time: 10 am - 12 pm
  • Where: Due to COVID-19 outbreak, PTG weekly meetings are being done virtually using ZOOM. Please contact the organizer if you are interested.
  • Organizer: Chuck Gallozzi
  • 905 273 4398
  • chuck.gallozzi@rogers.com
  • https://personal-development.com/author/chuck