Posted on Apr 07, 2016
In order to maintain an affectionate relationship, seniors and their caregivers both need free time to pursue independent interests. Recent research also shows that seniors with an active social life are more likely enjoy life, remain healthy and live longer. In Melbourne, seniors and their caregivers are fortunate to be able to access a broad range of free or inexpensive community programs. Here are some of the avenues seniors in Melbourne can explore in order to remain connected and mentally alert.
For those who feel sprightly and young at heart, Life Activity Clubs will keep a spring in your step and help you to meet like-minded people. These are not-for-profit groups which aim to improve the quality of life for people in the community. Gallery visits, organised walks and friendly Scrabble competitions are just some of the dozens of activities available. All interests and levels of fitness are catered for.
Many senior citizens clubs have activities organised for every day of the week. Cards, lawn bowls, gentle exercises such as tai chi, choirs and bingo are just some of the pastimes on offer. Inexpensive meals are often available and bus services can usually be arranged for those with transport or mobility issues. There are dozens of clubs in the greater Melbourne area.
Throughout Melbourne, community and neighbourhood houses exist to unite people of all ages and backgrounds. Numerous activities are organised for seniors with an emphasis on lifelong learning. Art, computer literacy, language and fitness classes are some of the choices available. There are three neighbourhoodcentres in the City of Melbourne. Your city council can advise you about facilities in the greater area.
Living Longer Living Stronger is a strength training program specifically for seniors. It aims to bring like-minded people together in an easygoing environment. Whilst the program is designed to help you retain muscle mass and bone density, there is plenty of time to socialise with participants after each session. Classes are conducted in suburbs throughout Melbourne.
The Heartmoves program is a joint effort of the Heart Association and the YMCA. It aims to prevent heart disease and is suitable for those who have medical conditions. Classes are conducted by professionals so you can be confident even if you haven’t exercised for a long time. Numbers in each class are limited which gives you the chance to know other participants personally.
If you are a senior or caregiver who is facing problems such as depression or isolation, the Melbourne City Mission can help. They can provide a sympathetic ear and have volunteers who visit the elderly in their own homes. They can also advise about other helpful services.
Seniors and their caregivers in Melbourne have numerous resources to help them avoid social isolation. Your city council or local library will have information about the programs available in your area. Do not hesitate to join one or two of the groups available. Your physical and mental well-being depends on it.
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