Age no barrier for 96-year-old Ontario woman

Posted: May 3, 2012 at 7:14 am

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Ontario Evelyn Burton turned 96 April 25, and the water aerobics group at the Ontario Aquatic Center planned to celebrate with her that day but had to wait until April 27 because she went golfing on her birthday instead.

Most people hope to be half as active as Burton when they turn 96, but she doesnt let age slow her down.

Burton, who has resided in Ontario since 1945 and is a widow, still lives at her home and gets out in the yard. She does have a son who checks up on her, but she said she isnt dependent on anyone and still gets out and drives on her own.

Along with water aerobics, in which she takes part three to four days a week, she also regularly bowls, which she has done for more than 20 years, and golfs, sometimes both in the same day.

I feel water aerobics does the most good, that some stuff is just easier in the water, Burton said.

To keep her mind active she is a regular bridge club player, Burton said.

She said church also keeps her busy, and she is an avid traveler.

Evelyn should be a role model for senior fitness and for everyone, Kathy Daly, Ontario Recreation Department director, said.

Daly said water aerobics is good exercise because the water cushions the joints, and people have a better range of motion in the water.

Several other members of the water aerobics group are 80 years of age and older, and one is 90 years old.

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