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Going the distance; residents keep on walking

March 25th, 2020

Residents at Points West Living Athens Creek in Penticton have been taking advantage of spectacular spring weather to get some outdoor exercise. One trio of residents heads out just about every afternoon for a 25 minute stroll around the block. The group has modified their regular walking routine to incorporate steps to reduce the threat of COVID-19.

Lots of residents walk every day

“Athens Creek is an independent living residence,” says recreation coordinator Ellie Bertrand, “so we have lots of residents who go out every day and walk; solo or in groups.”

Lately Ellie and General Manager Donna McBeth have been joining them. “We walkers are practising social distancing,” says Ellie, “but still getting out and soaking in some Vitamin D.”

We don't touch anything

“We don’t touch anything while we’re out, other than walkers and walking poles,” Ellie adds. “We keep our distance from each other and other pedestrians. We’re not going to the mall or shopping, not touching door handles since our building doors are automatic, and when we get back inside, everyone uses hand sanitizer.”

Ellie says this is a very welcome opportunity since many other social events have had to be curtailed.

Photo: PWL Athens Creek residents Glady Scott, Barbara Jensen, and Donna Schellenberg get out for a walk just about every day. They’re careful to keep the requisite 2-meters between each other and other pedestrians, and use hand sanitizer when they return.

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