Never too old to be active
By Jared MacArthur
Kamloops, known for its bustling, active community, is also one of B.C.’s most attractive places to retire. With over 2,000 hours of sunlight each year and a very accessible trail system, there is no shortage of opportunities for people to get outside, in and around the city of Kamloops.
As winter draws most people indoors, with temperatures as low as -25 C, there is plenty to do inside over the winter.
Many seniors find their way to the Tournament Capital Centre (TCC) for aquatic exercise programs offered at the facility.
The indoor and outdoor tracks are open for public use throughout the winter, and, as Ted Wiggins tells me, it’s his morning stop before moving on with his day.
Wiggins says his trick to staying active through the winter is his adorable, black, curly haired companion.
Everyday, Wiggins heads out to the park to stretch his legs and get his dog moving. In the summer, when the ice is clear of the trails, Wiggins and his wife head up to the Peterson Creek trails in the Sahali area of Kamloops.
There are more than 300 trails to explore in Kamloops, making it hard to stay indoors for long in the summer or winter. Without transportation to get around, many of the trails are not accessible. Riverside Park seems to be a popular choice for those willing to brave the cold.
Helen Bonnett, 84, bumped into me on the Riverside Park trail just next to the South Thompson River. She usually splits her exercise between strolls along the river and doing water aerobics at the TCC — the earlier, the better, she jokes, because she says the prices are cheaper at six in the morning Thirty-seven per cent of seniors in Canada report they are taking action to improve their health by increasing their level of activity, taking steps to lose weight or changing certain eating habits, according to a 2009 Canadian Community Health Survey.
There are no shortage of opportunities for seniors to get active around town in the summer, spring, fall and winter.
Tax volunteers ready to go
Oncore Seniors Society volunteers are lined up and ready to assist pre-registered seniors with their taxes. This service runs from Feb. 28 through to April 25. To pre-register and confirm if you qualify, contact Oncore at 250-828-0600. This service is provided FREE for adults 55 years and over with the following criteria:
- Single person with an annual income of $30,000 or less
- Single with dependents with an annual income of $35,000 or less
- Couples with an annual income of $40,000 or less