Growing old together brings joy

2016-04-19 06:00
St Andrews Senior club members pose for a photo after their monthly meeting. The say the meeting brings them enjoyment and a respite from boredom.         PHOTO: TIYESE JERANJI

St Andrews Senior club members pose for a photo after their monthly meeting. The say the meeting brings them enjoyment and a respite from boredom. PHOTO: TIYESE JERANJI

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Instead of sitting home doing nothing, seniors from Retreat have been meeting once a month and they say it was the best decision they have ever made.

Meeting on every second Tuesday of every month these pensioners sit together, talk and do various exercises to keep them healthy. To seal off the day they also share something to eat together.

Started in 2006, St Andrews Senior Club members say they have a lot to be grateful for. Once in a while they go out for road trips together and they celebrate each other’s birthdays.

Whatever outings and activities they arrange, the members finance from their own pockets. They take money from their pension for contributions and that has kept them going for years.

Iris Hermanus, the chairperson of the club, says it was really boring to sit at home and do nothing, so they decided to approach their church to see if they could use the hall for their meeting.

Currently there are 20 members, aged from 60 to 89 years, who meet from 10:00 until 13:00.

Recently they took part in the Golden Games at Green point Stadium and won seven medals.

These seniors admit that coming together and exercising keeps diseases at bay.

“We are fit. No disease can attack us because we keep busy by exercising. We play games with other elderly people and it really makes us feel good. We enjoy being with each other,” says Hermanus.

Francis August, another member of the club, says what she enjoys most is the company and getting to know each other.

“We enjoy each other’s company. We love it when you’re together. Being alone at home was very boring, but now we have something to look forward to.

“We go to different places and do different things. We learn from each other. People have different ways of doing things, so when we are here we learn from one another. Above all we pray for each other. We are very thankful for the road that we have walked, so coming here to meet each other makes us happy. It’s a joy to meet. We really want to meet more but we can’t afford it and we don’t have sponsors. We work out of our own money so we can only meet once a month,” she says.

Apart from getting together they also visit other senior clubs in the area to talk and do different things.

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