Kimberley’s Seniors Wellness In Motion Program (SWIM) continues to be a success thanks to funding provided by the Kimberley Heritage Museum.
Volunteer Diane Murphy says that without the sponsorship of the museum, the program would not be possible.
The SWIM program provides support to seniors in Kimberley for them to remain active both physically and socially.
The group meets twice a week (Monday and Wednesday) to do some light exercises and get moving at the Kimberley Aquatic Centre.
“The program is geared towards seniors with mobility issues and needing socialization,” said Murphy. “Non-swimmers are welcome as we don’t swim, we just move in the water; it’s really about coming out and having some fun. It’s an easy exercise in the leisure pool focusing on neck and arm movements and simple games, nothing too strenuous.”
Participants must be able to dress themselves and walk themselves or with the aid of a walker. SWIM volunteers work with participant’s doctors to determine if the program is right for them.
“After the pool we have coffee and treats before the bus or their rides take them home,” Murphy said. “We have many people living in Gardenview who already participate.”
For more information or to sign up contact Murphy at 250.919.6420 or Kathy Korben at 250.427.2973. For information on Kootenay Seniors programming, visit www.kotenayseniors.ca.