Happiness is hydrotherapy: the pool where community love runs deep | The Pool


Innisfail’s Mary and Duncan Patterson visit their local pool twice a week.

The water aerobics workouts help keep their bodies fit, but the benefits to their mental well-being run much deeper.

Duncan has dementia and wife Mary is his full-time carer.

For Mary, the pool is a place of respite. For Duncan, it’s a source of social interaction.

At the pool, the Patterson’s are immersed in a community that cares, where the support and encouragement offered by their fellow exercisers is overflowing.

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