Social activity and laughter the best medicine

THE laughter could be heard from the car park – this game of bowls was not being taken seriously. 

Nor was the golf, bocce or any of the conversations around the tables at lunch.

The recent combined Probus clubs’ sports day was anything but serious. Laughs aside, the day out mixing with others most likely kicked off new friendships and interests that could stave off illness and isolation as members of the group age.

John Crosswell from the Nowra Men’s Probus Club considered the day a great success.

“This is the first time we’ve tried a combined activities day like this,” he said.

“We got 120 people from five Probus clubs.

“We are trying to foster interclub relationships. Fun, friendship and fellowship is the name of the game.

“We’d only be mooching around the house or mowing the lawn. 

“You’ve got to have a sense of humour to organise something like this. Dealing with old people can be interesting,” he said.

The activities day was held at Callala Country Club last Monday. The weather was perfect and the grounds were filled with laughter and conversation.

Joan Roth from North Nowra said the day was fantastic.

She has been a member of Probus for 10 years but is still considered a junior member.

“It is a very social group to be a part of,” she said.

“I joined in my 50s and I was a bit hesitant at first. I used to be a quiet person, but now I’m confident to go up to people I haven’t met and start a conversation,” she said.

Delma O’Neill from North Nowra said the event was a fun day out and encouraged other senior citizens to join a local club.

“As you get older it’s important to get out there and have a go,” she said.

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