Climbing the dune in this vast and lonely sea of sand is also testament to the fitness and confidence that Wendy Alexander (pictured) has brought to her body and mind over the past three years.
Ms Alexander, a South Australian grandmother, attributes the fulfilment of her adventurous spirit largely to Life Care Active and her involvement in its tailored programs to maintain fitness and wellness.
“Not that long ago I wasn’t even able to catch a bus on my own in Adelaide,” she said. “But I have since travelled to Africa and gone tobogganing at Mount Buller. Now, I’m planning a holiday in South America.”
Ms Alexander’s vision impairment forced her to end a 38 year career in nursing, and for a while she felt isolated from the things she loved to do.
“I’ve always been a reasonably fit and active person, but problems with my vision impacted on my confidence to get out and about,” she explained.
“I joined an exercise group at Life Care Active about three years ago and it has been wonderful for me both physically and mentally. Apart from keeping fit and well, the exercises focus on balance, which is very important for a person who is visually impaired.
“I’m enjoying my life and my plans. A lot of what I achieve now would not be possible without my regular exercise and friendship with others at Life Care Active.”
Life Care Active is a community partnership enterprise of Life Care, an Adelaide based aged care organisation that is dedicated to helping its residents and community clients to live everyday by focusing on what they can do, rather than what they are no longer able to achieve.
The training and exercise programs are supported by professional and individualised health services including dietetics, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, exercise physiology, podiatry, neurological physiotherapy and massage therapy.