Announcements - February 14, 2018
New Coffee Clubs offer friendship and fitness
It might seem fairly basic, but catching up with a friend for a cuppa and a chat is very good for your health!
Studies have shown that loneliness has a major impact on mental and physical health, and older people are particularly vulnerable.
In an effort to ensure local older people stay active and socially connected, Intereach is launching a new ‘Coffee Club’ for people aged over 65 years in the Albury and Corowa areas.
Organised by Intereach Community Support, the weekly group will offer older people a chance to get out and about and meet new friends. Group members have the option to boost their fitness by adding a healthy walk to their regular catch-up.
Intereach CEO Keryn Fox said, “Evidence suggests that staying socially connected is good for our health, especially as we get older. Friendships boost happiness and confidence and reduce stress. Studies have even found that older adults with a rich social life are likely to live longer. Something as simple as adding a walk to your routine can give those benefits an extra boost.”
“Staying fit and active as you age means it’s more likely you’ll be more able to keep doing the things you enjoy and less likely to need help. Many symptoms that we might associate with old age, such as weakness and loss of balance, are actually symptoms of inactivity, not age. The coffee club is a great opportunity for older people to have fun and improve their fitness in a friendly, social setting. Why not give it a try? It’s never too late to change your life for the better.”