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It was a fun-filled day for the el­derly at Set­tlers Park Re­tire­ment Vil­lage last Fri­day, when they had their very first Spring Walk – the launch of a gen­eral well­ness ini­tia­tive started by the Set­tlers Park care team.

The aim of this walk is to so­cialise well­ness, to get ev­ery­body out, es­pe­cially the lonely and house­bound. The walk started off at Hibis­cus Room and pro­ceeded around the vil­lage dam and to the back of the vil­lage, be­fore end­ing off at the start­ing point.

“We are try­ing to cre­ate easy and accessible ways for res­i­dents to get mov­ing, build strength and re­silience, and so­cialise,” said care man­ager Su­san McGarvie.

“Our Walk­ing Back to Well­ness ini­tia­tive is about cre­at­ing a cul­ture of walk­ing in the park.

“Walk­ing is a tried and tested way to strengthen bones, re­duce the risk and symp­toms of chronic con­di­tions, im­prove mood, make friends and re­duce lone­li­ness, in­crease cre­ativ­ity and im­prove well­be­ing.

“Set­tlers Park Re­tire­ment Vil­lage is a beau­ti­ful, safe and invit­ing en­vi­ron­ment with lovely gar­dens and wildlife – the per­fect place to stretch your legs, take in the fresh air and even meet the neigh­bours and make friends.

“We are very grate­ful for all the sup­port from res­i­dents and our com­mu­nity part­ners like Pick n Pay and Leach Pharmacy who have kindly do­nated our lucky draw prizes.”

The care team are plan­ning to do the walks sea­son­ally, and an­other one will take place at the begin­ning of De­cem­ber. The walks will take one hour.

Out of 250 cot­tages, about 60 peo­ple came to the spring walk, and the care team are hop­ing more peo­ple will join in next time.

At the end of the walk there was a lucky draw for the par­tic­i­pants who en­tered their names in the spring walk, and the prizes were bis­cuits and a nail art kit.


TAK­ING A BREAK: En­joy­ing their cof­fee af­ter tak­ing part in the Spring Walk held at Set­tlers Park Re­tire­ment Vil­lage last Fri­day are, from left, Elsabe Wise­man, Denisse van der Merwe, Pa­tri­cia Rim­mer and Mau­rine Baw­den

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