Last winter I was cooped up inside and depressed to no end. My doctor gave me a script for water therapy and found it to help a lot.
This summer I have been at neighborhood pool. It is heated and in the mornings no one is there. I joined the YMCA for winter. They have a water therapy class there M-F sponsored by the Arthritic Foundation. So I hope to go as much as possible. I am like the rest of my friends on here in pain 24/7 and many sleepless nights. I think the water therapy is the answer in combination with my Meds to get me into a place where I feel I can survive. No one realizes just how much pain each of us tolerate and deal with each day. Many of my friends say you don’t look sick and I just want to deck them.
So if any of you have not tried the water therapy route I highly suggest it. I found many of us since we are in so much pain just can not exercise, but it has given me hope along with the fact I have lost weight. So with less fat on me my body does feel a little better. I know getting up and out to the YMCA this winter with it being so dark and cold will be my biggest challenge.
Getting out and being w its others helps with the depression. The program goes year round and typically the YMCA says they get 25-35 seniors each day.