Woman’s journey to wellness
AFTER slipping into a deep depression, Val Burgess knew she had to do something to turn her life around.
When the integratedliving Wellness Centre opened in Toowoomba, she knew she had to give it a go.
“I was suffering from depression. I turned myself into a couch potato. I’d turn the TV on and I’d just eat and I wouldn’t go out,” Ms Burgess said.
“I didn’t associate with anyone much.
“I saw this on Facebook and I thought I should look into it, and it’s the best thing I ever did do.”
The Wellness Centre features a state-of-the-art wellness gym and a range of services, including the Wellness for Independence programs such as Memory Wellness and Digital Wellness.
“I’ve been doing a lot of exercise and learning a lot in regards to different exercises and the benefits,” Ms Burgess said.
“I go to a stretch and flow class which I’ve found really good.
“I’ve got a lot of new friends, I go out a lot and im not home much at all anymore, it’s a complete turn around.”
Since attending the Wellness Centre Ms Burgess has gone off the medication she was taking to treat her depression.
Since the centre opened in May last year, it has collected 176 members.
Wellness Centre Coordinator Virginia Bell said most members were over 50.
“Our Wellness Centre provides a hub for older people where they can work with, and be supported by health professionals to really live a healthier and independent life in their own home,” Ms Bell said.