WRITTEN BY COLLEEN BIONDI
PHOTOGRAPHED BY GEORGE WEBBER
Name: Bev Neuls, 78.
Health condition: Poor circulation in legs,
isolation, mild anxiety and depression.
Health goal: Less pain, more stamina,
energy and socialization.
How I feel now: For the last three years,
I’ve been walking twice a week with the
South Calgary PCN walking group. Not only
do I have more pep, but my legs feel less
sore when I walk. Plus, I enjoy chatting and
laughing with the walkers. I also feel better
about myself—I am more confident. We
can’t live life totally on our own. Sometimes
we need a little help. This understanding has
helped me make a big decision. After living
alone since my husband died in 2000, I am
moving into a local retirement community
where there are so many activities to
get involved with. Maybe I can even help
Walking together: When Bev started with
our group, she made connections instantly.
My sense is she is social by nature, but
had become a bit withdrawn. This is not
uncommon as we age. The group provides
a regular opportunity for Bev to be with
others and acts as a sounding board for
what’s going on in her life. Plus, upping
her step count has helped ease her leg
discomfort. I have seen a metamorphosis
with Bev, emotionally and physically.
Walking and talking has a positive ripple
effect on all aspects of our lives.
—Katie Krenz, kinesiologist and community
development lead, South Calgary PCN
See page four for more
information about South Calgary
PCN’s walking group.