New Bell Aliant Centre Programming Encourages Island Seniors to Become More Active
April 24, 2017
The Bell Aliant Centre is making it easier for Island seniors to stay fit and active through a new program starting next month.
Starting May 1, 2017, Island seniors 80 years of age and older can join the centre’s new Gold Club Program at no cost and have unlimited access to fitness programming and resources at the facility.
“Being physically active can have a positive impact on a person’s health and well-being,” says Adam Ross, Bell Aliant Centre’s Director of Aquatics and Programming. “Recognizing the ageing population of our province and community, and that cost can be a barrier for many who wish to be more active, the Gold Club Program is an opportunity to support seniors interested in leading a healthier lifestyle.”
The Bell Aliant Centre Gold Club was inspired by a regular member, Irene Gallant, who received a lifetime membership to the facility when she turned 95. Irene remained an active aqua fitness participant and a great example of how life-long physical activity can have a positive impact up until her passing at the age of 99.
“Swimming and aquatic fitness are perfect physical activities for seniors, as it helps to build strength while being low impact, especially on joints,” adds Ross. “If anyone is unsure whether an aquatics program is right for them, I encourage them to drop by to watch a class first and speak with our staff.”
The centre presently offers more than sixteen aqua fitness classes each week. Seniors can participate in aqua fitness classes offered in the leisure pool, where the water is only three feet deep, or they can choose to use a buoyancy belt and participate in class offered in the deeper competition pool. Seniors need not know how to swim in order to participate in any class.
The Bell Aliant Centre currently has 25 members who are 80 years or older. With the new Gold Club program, the goal is to reach 100 members by May 1, 2018.
“We are very much committed to offering programs and services that engage and support residents in becoming more active,” says Sue Fraser, Bell Aliant Centre General Manager. “This new program is a wonderful example of our mandate and creative approach to developing a healthier community.”