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In Port McNeill Seniors are Getting Help to Regain Their Health Through Exercise

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Getting ourselves out the door to exercise can be difficult at the best of times, and often being part of a group is a good way to keep motivated. 

With the COVID-19 pandemic, those groups have largely been cancelled, and with them have gone many workout routines. While that’s a health concern for all of us, it can be extremely damaging to seniors. 

The Connected Community project at the St. John Gualbert Anglican/United Church in Port McNeill has seen their medically fragile seniors lose their mobility more and more as the pandemic drags on, some to the point of becoming immobile. 

The program had been gathering up to 20 seniors twice a week for mobility exercises and strength training directed by an occupational therapist and a pair of assistants. Participants were also served a healthy meal.  

But the program had to close down due to the pandemic until it reached out for and received a COVID-19 Seniors Response Fund grant from United Way Central & Northern Vancouver Island.  

Now, the program has two trained therapists able to work individually with seniors to begin the slow and difficult work of helping them to regain some of their lost mobility. 

Observing pandemic safety measures continues to be a burden on all of us, in both small and large ways. By supporting programs like this, UWCNVI looks to help our most vulnerable in Port McNeill, Port Hardy, and your community. 

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