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Wheelchair Zumba at Somerset Extendicare Seniors Home

Posted by Anna Di Natale on February 19, 2011 at 9:42 PM

As I entered through the door of Somerset, I felt nervous of what to expect. Many questions entered my mind, was I really prepared for this? Were these seniors actually going to participate? What have I done? As my daughter Jessica, my grandson Adam and I made our way down the corridor to the recreational room, many heads turned our way wondering who these strange visitors were. Feeling their uncertainties made me anxious and sweaty. But I proceeded to set up the music and watched as 20 wheelchairs were wheeled into the room and positioned around me. I went blank and looked up at Jessica. Her smile and Adam’s rosy cheeks gave me the encouragement I needed. These individuals were about to experience something new and exciting. And so we started our wheelchair Zumba session.  I got many stares, and only a few participants taping their feet.  In a matter of seconds, more feet starting taping, arms moving up and down, hands clapping and smiles that made my heart swell. Participants ranged in ages with the oldest being 107 years old. I kept thinking of my instructor who quoted in class “doesn’t matter how old we are, we are all young at heart, and we all crave the same things.” Moving, laughing and feeling the music was what this day was all about. One participant feel asleep, but kept taping one foot. Was she there? Absolutely, she felt the beat, like we all feel the beat. This was one special day, that will remain with me forever.

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Reply Jacqueling Young
1:24 PM on March 23, 2011 
What a wonderful story and memory!