Registed Nurses' Association of Ontario

November/December 2010

November/December 2010

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The art of self care

Chronic disease rates are rising, and so too are RNs' expectations of some clients to take greater responsibility of their own health.

It is 6:00 a.m. on a Wednesday in October and former Olympic swimmer Doris McEwan is doing the backstroke in the Brockville YMCA pool. McEwan swims 1,500 to 2,000 metres six mornings a week and still competes internationally.

She currently holds world records for back stroke, relay and other aquatic events for women in her age group. Away from the pool, she does Tai Chi, studies French, and plays in a band that entertains at long-term care homes. At 86, McEwan is more fit and active than many people who are decades younger. Not bad for someone who was diagnosed with asthma in her mid-70s.