What an uplifting event on 8th April 2022, ending with us all on our feet learning some Bollywood moves!
Connecting with over 120 people for real was incredible after so long talking to people on screen.
I was honoured to be among an illustrious array of speakers – all Professors /Doctors – including the amazing Professor Sir Muir Gray. They gave fascinating presentations on topics ranging from physical activity and ageing, Type 2 Diabetes and the role of food and activity, to Long Covid. Then yours truly spoke on ageing joyfully and the benefits of dancing!
Huge thanks to Julie Robinson for inviting me and giving me the thrill of selling all the books I’d brought within 5 minutes of finishing my talk. Now that’s what I call an appreciative audience!
I met many inspiring Instructors for Move It or Lose It and discovered all the fantastic work it does in motivating and improving the fitness and activity of older people through their exercise classes. Maybe you might be interested in joining them? Find out more here.
I was thrilled to be invited by The Joy Club to write an article on how I started dancing in later life, and what it has given me.
You can read the piece here. If you’re a member you can access the whole article but if not, perhaps consider joining the Club on a free trial. You’ll then be able to read all the articles and even better join in a wide range of classes and online activities – including Latin Dance, belly dancing and Zumba!
“You don’t stop dancing because you get old.You get old because you stop dancing.”
I was delighted to be a speaker at the first two (free!) Wisdom Hour Events held in the magnificent Design Museum in London on 2nd October 2021. The other speakers were the Director of the Royal College of Art’s, Design Age Institute, Colum Lowe, and George Lee, Community Lead for the Institute and founder of This Age Thing. One Hour was exclusively for Open Age members – and what an inspirational bunch they were!
The sessions, hopefully the first of many to come, were the creation of This Age Thing – do join up and let’s do what we can to create a better, more joyful world where we can live better for longer.
Honoured to give a presentation to the Civil Service Retirement Fellowship’s Annual National Conference and AGM. Thanks so much for inviting me – the Civil Service (as one of three generations of civil servants) and retirement are both close to my heart! This charity (@THECSRF) does great work helping former civil servants and their dependants make the most of their retirement. Hope my talk, with suggested tips, will help their members to enjoy their later life even more!
Open Age ran an art competition in April asking ‘ What does ageing joyfully mean to you?’. The standard was high as there are many talented members who take advantage of the range of art classes available. A good number of these classes continued online during the pandemic. I even had a go at the art for iPad course and found it hugely satisfying and fun, despite my severe lack of artistic merit!
I had the difficult task of judging the many varied competition entries. It was tough, but the watercolour pictured above was the very worthy winner. I loved the brilliant portrait of this positive, vibrant older man, clearly ageing joyfully somewhere in London – I’d love to meet him! Many congratulations to Gill D’Ambrosio. You can see more of Gill’s lovely work on Instagram @gill.dambrosio and on her website. Her prize? A signed copy of ‘How to Age Joyfully’ – my book is much better than my artwork, I promise!
In celebration of the UN International Day of Happiness 2021 (‘Happier/Kinder/Together’), I was thrilled to give a presentation at Open Age which was followed by animated discussion with around 30 members. The oldest attendee was a 92 year old member who attends a number of weekly exercise classes and is certainly ageing joyfully. How can one not be with Open Age to help us?
The event also launched the Art Competition ‘What does Ageing Joyfully Mean to You?’ which was inspired by my doing an Open Age ‘Art on the iPad’ course this term. Watch this space for the winner!