WRITTEN BY COLLEEN BIONDIPHOTOGRAPHED 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 theSouth Calgary PCN walking group. Not onlydo I have more pep, but my legs feel lesssore when I walk. Plus, I enjoy chatting andlaughing with the walkers. I also feel betterabout myself—I am more confident. Wecan’t live life totally on our own. Sometimeswe need a little help. This understanding hashelped me make a big decision. After livingalone since my husband died in 2000, I ammoving into a local retirement communitywhere there are so many activities toget involved with. Maybe I can even helpsomeone else.
Walking together: When Bev started withour group, she made connections instantly.My sense is she is social by nature, buthad become a bit withdrawn. This is notuncommon as we age. The group providesa regular opportunity for Bev to be withothers and acts as a sounding board forwhat’s going on in her life. Plus, uppingher step count has helped ease her legdiscomfort. I have seen a metamorphosiswith Bev, emotionally and physically.Walking and talking has a positive rippleeffect on all aspects of our lives.
—Katie Krenz, kinesiologist and communitydevelopment lead, South Calgary PCN
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information about South Calgary
PCN’s walking group.