Who says getting older is no fun? Here’s the secret: you can make the years after 55 the best years of your life if you choose to do so.
Check out the 55 Plus Club. Their sign says it all: “Healthy, active living. Lifelong learning. Fun and friendship,”
The Club currently has over 540 members and will likely close out the year at over 700. It’s aimed at the young-at-heart.
Spring classes are getting underway. For those who like to keep physically fit, they offer a gentle mat yoga, Osteo Fit for those dealing with osteoporosis and osteopenia, and a fun Bollywood Fit for those who enjoy scarves and bling.
They also offer Tai Chi Yang Style, a Stretch ‘n’ Core class which helps avoid back issues by strengthening the core, and a Zumba Gold done to Latin music but geared specifically for 55+. You wouldn’t believe how much of a workout you get in Chair Yoga. Try to coordinate your brain and your feet in country or traditional line dance classes.
For those who enjoy art, you have your choice. You can try acrylic painting, watercolour painting or even drawing techniques. For those who want to learn more about computers, there are classes on Windows 10.
There are monthly theme lunches featuring entertainment, with the Spring Lunch coming up soon on April 19.
There are bus trips to such places as St. Jacob’s, Stratford and Niagara-on-the-Lake to see plays or to Toronto to see a Blue Jays game! There are “Breakfasts Out” and “Dinners Out.” All great ways to meet new friends.
If cards are your thing, you’re in the right place. They offer bridge, euchre, bid euchre, canasta, hand and foot, duplicate bridge and mah jong. These popular 50-cent drop-in programs feature tea/coffee and cookies, plus a lot of fun.
Best of all, the Club is now offering Saturday programs. There’s a brand-new Yoga Stretch class which focuses on flexibility. Bollywood Fit offers a cardio-dance workout with some yoga mixed in. There’s a new Line Dance Beginner class coming on Saturdays. Tai Chi Yang Style and Stretch ‘n Core complete the Saturday lineup.
Visit the Club at Latcham Hall (8 Park Drive South) Monday to Friday, 9 am to 4 pm or check their website, www.stouffville55plus.ca. Membership is only $20/year. Think of it as an investment in yourself. There’s a world of opportunities waiting for you.
Photo: Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville Glenn Jackson (playing the piano) and Debi Paterson (right) show their spirit at a recent 55 Plus Club event with Mayor Justin Altmann and event organizers Carol Morin and Pat Ogston.