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Western Suburbs Weekly - - Stadiums In The Spotlight – Cockburn - By DENISE S. CAHILL

RED car­pet events, gar­den­ing, sports and knit­ting.

Th­ese are just some of the favourite pas­times for Bethanie res­i­dents.

The older gen­er­a­tion and Mt Clare­mont So­cial Cen­tre clients with a dis­abil­ity still en­joy th­ese hob­bies, just in a dif­fer­ent en­vi­ron­ment and, at times, at a slower pace.

Com­mu­nity News­pa­per Group re­cently got a snapshot of what res­i­dents and clients got up to over five days at Bethanie fa­cil­i­ties through­out Perth.

In Cottes­loe, there was a physio chi class, a gen­tle ap­proach to ex­er­cise.

Mar­garet Cox said she loved get­ting out and about but her abil­ity to do that was at risk be­fore mov­ing into res­i­den­tial care be­cause she was prone to falls.

“Be­fore I moved here I used to fall and couldn’t get up,” she said.

“This helps with bal­ance. It’s re­lax­ing and it’s all with friends.”

Phys­io­ther­a­pist Ni­cole Platell said the ac­tiv­ity was an adap­ta­tion of tai chi fo­cus­ing on “slowed, de­lib­er­ate move­ments with the aim of op­ti­mis­ing co-or­di­na­tion and re­lax­ation”.

Bethanie Beach­side res­i­dents in Yanchep were train­ing for the an­nual Betha­lympics on Au­gust 30.

Sports in­clude skit­tles, bean­bag toss, hockey and pass ball.

Res­i­dent John Alexan­der said he en­joyed all the ac­tiv­i­ties and just par­tic­i­pat­ing in gen­eral.

There was knit­ting at Bethanie Wa­ters Port Kennedy, where res­i­dents were mak­ing scarves for home­less peo­ple.

This group will con­tinue through­out Au­gust be­fore the scarves are dis­trib­uted in the com­mu­nity.

At Bethanie Gwelup, res­i­dents were tend­ing to their com­mu­nity gar­den, where they grow herbs and veg­eta­bles.

Ther­apy as­sis­tant Zoe Tay­lor said they were work­ing to­wards a gar­den-to-ta­ble ini­tia­tive where res­i­dents would use fresh basil and toma­toes from the gar­den and cook a meal for the group.

“So many peo­ple are able to get in­volved in this project, from cook­ing to lay­ing the ta­ble for din-

Pic­ture: Mar­tin Ken­nealey­mu­ni­ d472004

Ac­tiv­ity time at Bethanie Beach­side.

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