Staying engaged, healthy and happy

Our Add Life ambassadors tell us how they’ve been keeping busy during lockdown. Given the Add Life program has been largely on hold during the past few months, it was wonderful to hear how our ambassadors have been keeping fit and having fun during such a challenging time, and sharing these new-found ways with our broader community.

Balwyn Add Life ambassador Radha Raghunath said encouraging other seniors in Boroondara to stay healthy, happy and engaged was about “looking outside the box”. “Figure out what works for you,” Radha said.

“We can still borrow books from the library and it is easy to have regular calls with your friends.”

Radha told us she’s been staying in touch with friends with the help of technology. “I am using the gadgets to the maximum. We have celebrated a few milestone birthdays and a baby christening on Zoom calls. One of our friends even hosted a fun trivia evening with a group of friends,” Radha said.

Add Life ambassador Radha Raghunath siting at a table outside with a laptop and a mug.

Add Life ambassador Beryl Jones from Kew said she too had been using technology in new ways. Beryl is a student at University of the Third Age (U3A), an organisation providing courses to retirees and those not in full-time employment. “My U3A Deepdene classes have been via Zoom, which is helpful,” Beryl said.

As well as keeping her mind active, Beryl said she was conscious of the importance of physical health.

“From my own perspective I know that remaining active is essential, so instead of attending the local gymnasium I have been walking every day and challenging myself with distances as well as sessions on my exercise bike,” she said.

Add Life ambassador Beryl Jones sitting on a garden bench.

The Add Life program is all about staying active and connected as we mature. Search our over 55s website for inspiration on activities, services and information to keep you healthy and happy.

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