Gone are the days when people over 60 sat in a rocking chair and relaxed all day. I’m a member of a local charity offering all types of classes, amongst which are
Arts and crafts, drama, jewellery making, music lessons, pottery, needlework groups, singing for all, English literature, book club, history of art, current affairs, genealogy group, reminiscence, Hollywood histories, philosophy, cooking and healthy eating, steady and stable, healthy lungs, beginners computing, social networking, online shopping, Skype workshops, iPads, belly dancing, badminton, ballroom and Latin dance, chair exercise, chi gong, cycling safety, t’ai chi, gardening, table tennis, Pilates and water splash. There is also acupressure, shiatsu, massage, beauty therapy, osteopathy, reiki, reflexology and aromatherapy.
Languages to learn are French, Spanish, Russian and lip reading.
Also on offer are coffee mornings, discussion groups, quizzes, lunch clubs, movie night, scrabble and bridge.
Who could be bored or lonely I ask? There’s a supportive programme of activities for unpaid carers.