Bonnie Doon seniors get physical

Move over Jane Fonda, there’s a group of lively ladies in Bonnie Doon picking up the exercise pace.

Mansfield resident Patricia Morris is one of around ten seniors who’ve recently joined the Bonnie Doon Wellness Exercise Program, run by Villa Maria Catholic Homes (VMCH) and funded by the Community Home Support Program.

The classes, also open to men, aim to improve overall health and wellbeing through simple yet effective exercises, social interaction, and physical education.

“It’s lots of fun,” Patricia said.  “We play old songs everyone can sing along to and it’s great because everyone varies in ages, attitudes and aptitudes and is willing to try something new.”

Patricia, who also volunteers at the community centre, said she’s even started to do some of the exercises at home.

“As you get older, you start to see the value in these (wellbeing) things. People want to stay fit and healthy, not sit around like a bag of potatoes.”

VMCH Community Physiotherapy Coordinator Suchir Agrawal said the group was gaining a lot of interest from local seniors.

“We want to spread awareness about the benefits of exercise groups towards improving social cohesion. The exercises are designed to be vibrant and engaging, supported with readily available exercise equipment such as dumbbells, balance boards and pool noodles.”

The affordable $5 class fee was a major drawcard, Patricia said.

“We’re really grateful to have it subsidised because some people wouldn’t be able to afford to go, we have lots of pensioners.”

The VMCH Bonnie Doon Wellness Exercise Program runs Thursdays at the Bonnie Doon Community Centre.  It is open to people aged 65+ and referred by My Aged Care.  Those interested are welcome to attend a free intro session.

For further information please call: 1300 919 850.

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