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Keeping our older residents moving

12 May 2017

Warm water classes

A group of Maroondah ageing residents is discovering the healing benefits of warm water exercises and are encouraging others to take the plunge.

The residents eagerly attend their weekly or fortnightly Maroondah City Council-run warm water class at Aquanation in Ringwood – and are amazed at the results.

The age-friendly warm water program at Aquanation is being offered as part of Maroondah Council’s Active and Healthy Ageing Initiative at a subsidised cost of $6.70 and includes free transport for Maroondah residents only.

Seniors tout the benefits of warm water classes

Shirley, 82, said that after attending only one class she no longer felt the need to visit her chiropractor as regularly for osteoarthritis treatment for her lower back.

“I am absolutely thrilled to have found this class and it’s made such a difference. When I went back to see my chiropractor he could tell when he went to adjust my back that he didn’t have to do so much!” she laughed.

“To have a Council providing this service is really fantastic and I am so grateful,” she said.

Clive, 78, looks forward to each weekly class, so much in fact that he has his bathers, towel and water bottle packed and ready by the front door the night before.

He learned about the classes through a Council newsletter and thought it might help relieve joint pain for him to continue his passion for gardening.

He says the classes have made a “huge difference” to both his physical and mental well-being.

“Every part of me feels good and tingly afterwards. I feel a lot brighter and sharper, and I’m ready to go for the rest of the day,” said Clive, who is back for a second term.

“Being so reasonably priced is a major factor as well, especially when you’re coming regularly,” he added.

Warm water classes an ideal way to stay active

Warm water classes are an effective form of low-resistance exercise and an ideal way for ageing residents to stay active while gaining numerous health benefits.

Councillor Marijke Graham, Council’s representative on the Maroondah Partners in Community Wellbeing Committee, said the warmth and buoyancy of the water can help improve joint range of movement and increase muscle strength.

“The water enables physical activity in a more supported environment. It releases those feel-good hormones and provides overall improved health,” Cr Graham said.

“There’s also a sense of camaraderie and safety in numbers among members of the group, and a social aspect as they can have a tea or coffee together afterwards,” she said.

How you can join in age-friendly warm water classes

Class sizes have been increased for this current term (Term 2) to 25 participants.

There are 10 places available for Maroondah residents to access free fortnightly transport to and from the facility, however if you can find your own way then all are welcome on a weekly basis. You must register to be able to attend this class.

The classes run for 45 minutes and are led by a qualified instructor, with light refreshments provided afterwards. People do not need to be able to swim to take the classes.

For more information or to make a booking visit our webpage or call 9294 5790 or email mary.katsikis@maroondah.vic.gov.au

Please note: you must be able to walk without assistance and be self-caring to take part in the program. All participants who require transport assistance must be residents of Maroondah.

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