Classes’ future concern seniors

Personal trainer Tamara Jakobson with clients Gwenda Boultbee and Verity Cripps.
Personal trainer Tamara Jakobson with clients Gwenda Boultbee and Verity Cripps.

The Churchlands resident said the Heart Foundation used to run the senior citizen classes with a physiotherapist as part of its Heart Moves program before a personal training company took over after a restructure about a year ago.

‘I started fitness classes on doctor’s orders 10 years ago because I had a stroke and I keep coming because it’s so good for me and it gets me out of the house,’ Mrs Hasson said.

‘If more people do not start coming along then I’m quite scared it will fold.’

Betty Plunkett said she was ‘100 per cent certain’ that more people her age would come to the classes if only they knew about them.

‘I was forever looking in the paper for things like this, that suit women my age,’ Mrs Plunkett said.

‘This is designed for people like me, to keep us moving and build up strength so we don’t fall over or go into nursing homes.’

Floreat resident Verity Cripps (84) said the regular exercise had helped keep her active and healthy.

‘Most years I end up in hospital with respiratory problems, but last year I didn’t even get a cold,’ she said.

Personal trainer Tamara Jakobson said the ‘walk and talk’ exercise program was a low-impact way to work the whole body.

‘Seeing my grandparents, they have been active all throughout their life so they are still very healthy and it’s the same thing with these ladies,’ she said.

‘We play a mix of ”50s, ’60s and ’70s music so when a good one comes on, we all have something to sing along to.’