When my mum turned forty, her mother-in-law said not to worry about it. Fifty is when things start going wrong. Ten years later, Mum discovered the truth of those words; muscles began to ache, bones began to creak, flexibility no longer fitted into her vocabulary. One of her famous sayings was 'I don't do excitement and I don't do bending.'
But it is not like this for all fifty-year olds or even some ninety-year olds for that matter. Why? Because they keep active. Ironically, the less you activity you do, the more worn out your body gets worn out; it seizes up, forgets how to do things. Basically it's use it or lose it. Since retiring, Mum has been going to several fitness classes a week, and has since seen a massive improvement. The only downside is that she can't use her favourite saying anymore.
Keeping active is not the only factor in one's health. People can suffer the most ill affects from loneliness and boredom.
That's why for the last twelve years Merton Council has worked closely with Age UK to make sure their senior members of the community stay happy and healthy. The Celebrating Age Festival aims to showcase what's available to older people in Merton, encourage people to stay healthy in body and mind, encourage inter-generational activities, celebrate diversity, and promote the acquisition of new skills. From the 8th - 28th September will be able to enjoy a range of free or cheap activities that will keep your body fit, mind active, and soul alive. It is a chance to socialise, have fun, and learn new things. You can find out the full schedule of events in the brochure, but here is what you can get up to on the first day:
Tea and Dance 8th September, 1pm - 7pm, £5 Positive Network Centre, Taylor Road, Mitcham
Indulge in a luxury afternoon tea with finger sandwiches, scones, and pastries. This will be followed by an evening's dancing, including the waltz, tango, cha-cha, and quick step to a surprise famous band.
Walk4Life 8th September, 10.30am, Free Morden Hall Park
Meet up at the National Trust Cafe for a gentle stroll around the park.