Swim issue

Dear Editor:

Imagine my disappointment when visiting your city expecting to swim with my sons I was told “We do not recognize Senior Citizens in the pool.”

When I asked why? they replied if you have mobility problems we have an excellent physiotherapy here in the building for anyone with injuries etc,

To which I replied “but that is on dry land, water therapy is essential for recovery of many injuries, surely you recognize that?”

I asked who makes these decisions?

And was told it is a committee who decides these things, adding we place great emphasis on families.

I am 85 years old I visit my local Rec. Center three times a week for one hour water therapy, I have a few exercises and it is a known fact walking 15 minutes in the water stream is the equivalent of 30 minutes on dry land. Also one maintains a good balance and strengthens muscles at the same time due to the buoyancy of the water.

I am not alone, we keep healthy and live our lives pain free and with a good outlook, there are many seniors throughout Victoria who attend pools and are better for it.

When I mentioned this discrimination to my contemporaries they were shocked and wondered why?

I said I did not see any seniors, perhaps that was why?

We are all shapes and sizes, Doctors throughout our medical system refer their patients to water exercises and they not only recover quickly but stay on because they benefit physically and mentally due to the friendly atmosphere and a feeling of well being.

You have a wonderful facility and your pool lifeguards are constantly watching which does you credit

You must have a very good reason for not allowing it, I took my bathing suit and was unable to use it, I wonder why. I look forward to your reply

Joan Kjargaard
Victoria, B.C.

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