There’s a world-wide movement encouraging all of us to be more physically active in our daily lives and to maintain or improve our health. The benefits of physical activity are real and can play a role in helping us cope with degenerative illness.
Being active gives us an increased sense of control in our lives. Activity allows us to focus on our physical ability not our disability. Most of us experience increased energy and improvement in our ability to keep doing things on our own; at work, home or play.
You could be on the mountain actively participating in a day of snow fun! Imagine assuming that a neuro degenerative condition such as Parkinson’s disease meant seeing your children or grandchildren ski was a thing of the past. Think again! You can get involved and back up the mountain. It’s all in the attitude and the access you have to the information you need.
While sport has value in everyone’s life, it is even more important in the life of a person with a disability. This is in part because of the rehabilitative aspect. Most of us experience increased sense of control, energy and improvement in the ability to keep doing things on our own; at work, home or play. An added benefit many of our members experience from being physically active is an improvement in overall mental health. Most activities get us out of the house and socially interactive. Many of us find physical activity to be a practical tool in helping fight clinical depression, improve general mood and reduce anxiety and stress. WE are no different than anyone else in the benefits of living an active life.
Most our members take a long a support person for orientation and mobility, transfer assist and general support. Can I get in 2 for 1 in this case? Yes! Is most often the response. We’ve had success both on a drop in basis and registered program. Dare to ask the questions that will get you doing what you want.
These resources are rarely advertised. Become your best advocate. Learn to ask questions and give reasons for your request. There’s so much out there that can be done and is done everyday.
Some community centers have volunteer departments and can provide one-to-one assistance if you don’t have a dedicated person. You can also ask to book a time for orientation to the area by staff.
Check out your local Community center guide and talk to the staff. There are often adapted programs right in your center. Our members attend adapted aqua size, deep water walking, yoga, gym workouts to name a few. The sapces are often set up with adapted aids in mind. The growing seniors population is leading the way with us.
Accessing Sports is a bit convoluted at best. Email us for assistance and information on what you hope to do. Some agencies offer programs by topic. Others offer services by disability group. It can be very confusing. Below are examples of both.
Winter Sports Links:
- Canadian Association of Disabled Skiers (CADS)
- B.C. Adaptive Snow Sports (BCASS)
- Whistler Adaptive Sports Association
- Adaptive Sports at Sun Peaks
- Cross Country Canada – Para-Nordic
- Disability Sports
Summer Sports Links:
There are no rules! Be creative and device a system that works for you.