Offer FREE membership for Seniors over 65 at Barrie Recreation Centres
Offering free memberships to seniors over the age of 65 at all Barrie Recreation Centres would encourage them to be more physically and mentally active which would in turn improve their health. This would help reduce doctor visit, hospital visits, combat obesity rates, reduce diabetes, and have an overall improvement in the lives of seniors who may feel isolated. So many seniors are on a fixed income and cannot afford to pay the membership fees every year. If they had a place to go associate with other seniors that was free, they would get out more to exercise and have something to look forward to. Designated class times for free seniors workout classes that would not interfere with the other ages who want to use the work out equipment, would be my suggestion. Our recreation centres are not used to their full potential. It costs a lot to run them, so why not have these used more and benefit everyone? Having free memberships and classes for those over 65 could fill in the gaps when it's not so busy at the recreation centre.
I agree, add the extra costs to a very small pension and in Barrie there isn't much left after rent. So being able to use recreation centres in Barrie without fees would be a wonderful addition to senior benefits in this town.
Why 65? Many folk are retiring at 60!
Bryan while that may be true for some most seniors I know struggle to keep afloat not having money for cars of travel and the like.
John and Pauline Warnica commented
As a physician, I agree seniors' should have free access to the City's Recreation Centres. If used by seniors', it would give them improved vitality with which to enjoy our community, and at the same time reduce healthcare costs.
bryan wood commented
Some seniors make more on pensions than working people supporting families and mortgages.
Perhaps should be geared to income to determine subsidies if necessary.
I support this, my rent takes so much of my money I can't afford to do much else. Tthis would give me some options that won't be a choice between do something or eat.
Doug Shaw commented
My parents generation were blindsided by old age - they lived a good life never thinking that they should be doing any daily exercising or physical fitness - they didn't know that without it that their muscles would become so weak that they would be needing a cane - a walker - and eventually spend their final days in a bed or a wheelchair - We Have No Excuse - as companies try daily to shove it in our faces and to benefit by promoting their products like the canes - walkers - wheelchairs - special toilets - bathtubs and chairlifts etc etc - none of their products are related to prevention - we know what's coming if we don't do something about it - by the 2016 Barrie census there are 20,315 residents aged 65 and over - wouldn't it be great if Barrie took on a leadership community role for their seniors by promoting their physical fitness and allowing them free access to their rec programs - Doug
I think this is an excellent idea and would certainly help me attend more frequently
Lorraine Pace commented
I use to pay $264.00 the last year I lived in Brampton at the Chinguacousy Wellness Centre (one of the Recreation Centres in Brampton) . Excellent aerobics and I had access to all other rec. Centres in the city.
The price got cheaper after I hit age 55 from around 350.00 then to $264.00 when I left at age 63. I use to do a class 3x a week (at 11:15 am). You can't find any classes around 11:00 am here. This was called geared to those with injuries. It was a real good work-out. I can't find a class here.
MAYBE I AM MISSING SOMETHING BECAUSE I AM NEW TO BARRIE?
I am still looking
I cannot believe the price of fitness (I am talking Aerobics) .... at the YMCA a membership is $509.00 for a single 64 year old. I just want to do Aerobics.
At the Barrie rec centres again it is close to $400.00.
The worst part is the Instruction and the classes are not as professional the schedules are all over the place.In some cases doing it on a CEMENT FLOOR! How is that for your joints! Constant closing of facilities for cleaning. Open Fitness studios that are interrupted with the noise of machines and others working out in the same room. So forget about turning music up to motivate. Old equipment and mats. Cramped, old change rooms.
In Barrie, my impression of Women's fitness/Aerobics (let's face it, they are the ones that usually do aerobics)... look like an afterthought here. Every facility has a hockey rink though. Forget about AEROBICS - trying to find parking (especially if you have a sports injury) because hockey is ON!
Sorry I am disappointed with the facilities here after being a member in other facilities in The GTA for years!!!!!!!!!!!
Still looking to find a Facility that has Professional/Safe and Motivating Aerobics for all ages and the injured (without being referred to chair exercises)