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Open Age Art Competition

By Gill D’Ambrosio

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!

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World Happiness Day Talk at Open Age

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!

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A Talk and Blog for The Joy Club

Living better and ageing joyfully during a pandemic – and afterwards.

Really looking forward to giving a talk on Wednesday 17th March, via Zoom, for the recently launched The Joy Club . It is open to all those in the UK from age 65. Helping us to age joyfully.

My blog for the Club can be read here.

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‘Best in Singapore’!

‘How to Age Joyfully’ has not only made it all the way to Singapore but it has also been selected as the best book on health, fitness and nutrition on the website ‘Top Best in Singapore’.

Extremely chuffed it’s appreciated both near and far.
Thank you so much.

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A generous mention in the CSRF’s ‘Staying at Home’ Guide

Lovely surprise to see my book and blog get a mention in the Civil Service Retirement Fellowship’s Staying at Home Guide , the second of 2021. This excellent national charity’s newsletter also features other great charities including Independent Age.

Thank you @CSRF for your kind words.

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Supporting Local Bookshops

You can buy the book online through the link below:

uk.bookshop.org/a/5660/9781786859686

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15 Minute Video for Move It or Lose It

Delighted to record a presentation, on ageing joyfully in these challenging times and how my book can help, for the excellent Move It or Lose It Club. Award winning Move It or Lose It was founded in 2010 by Julie Robinson. Take a look at what the Club offers and get free membership in January.

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Ageing Ideas Advent Calendar- Keep dancing!

Thrilled to be invited to produce a very short video for @csfoot, Co-Director of Evidence, at The Centre for Ageing Better. It appeared on December 4th on Twitter.

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Everyone Can Dance – Para Dance UK

I’m an Ambassador!

I’m truly thrilled and honoured to have been appointed an Ambassador for Para Dance UK which promotes dancing for everyone, whatever their abilities. I look forward to working with this wonderful charity in a voluntary capacity, acting as an advocate for the Charity and Para Dance Sport in the UK, and providing what advisory support I can.
No one should be excluded from this life enhancing activity.
Keep dancing!

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The CSRF Newsletters

Thrilled the Civil Service Retirement Fellowship has featured my blogs and two posters. They are a great charity reaching out and helping former civil servants to live joyfully in retirement. So grateful for their ongoing support and comment that this website is ‘perhaps one of the most uplifting places on the entire Internet…. a must read’. Wow! 🤗Thanks so much.