Seniors to be bold in the Moreton Bay Region

Registrations open today for Moreton Bay Council's Older and Bolder programme.

Similar to Brisbane City Council's GOLD- or Growing Old Living Dangerously, it's for over-50s and offers a range of activities from cooking and aerobics to archery and ancestry workshops.

Moreton Bay Council's Chair of Parks, Recreation & Sports is Councillor Darren Grimwade says now is the time to act and get in to the game of growing old gracefully and full of energy.

As people grow older, an active lifestyle is more important than ever. Regular activity can help boost energy, maintain independence and is great for the mind, mood and memory. 

Older & Bolder gives individuals looking to stay active and healthy an opportunity to experience, adventurous, cultural and passive activities in a social environment.

The program will provide the chance for more than 5000 senior residents to enjoy a diverse range of activities, many of them for the first time.

Strathpine’s Janet Allen has participated in Older and Bolder for more than a decade and has “tried so many different activities that I never would have tried otherwise”.

“I would never have climbed Mt Tibrogargan, but thanks to this program, I have!  I would never have abseiled down Mt Ngungun either,” she said.

“The abseiling was such a challenge and so fabulous that I contacted the provider separately and booked in for other members of my family to do it.”

This year’s Older and Bolder activities include aqua aerobics, tai chi, archery, high ropes adventures, dancing and gym sessions specifically for seniors.

More relaxed activities include cooking classes, nutrition, gardening and ancestry workshops and guided tours of Moreton Bay region’s destinations and attractions, through ten themed mystery bus tours.

“There’s something for everyone in this year’s Older and Bolder program, which offers activities for better health, recreation and adventure, inspiration and getting out and about to explore and enjoy our beautiful natural environment,” Moreton Bay Mayor Allan Sutherland said.

Bookings for the Older and Bolder program, which will run from 1 September to 30 November, open on 16 August.

Bookings are essential and can be made via www.moretonbay.qld.gov.au/olderbolder or by phoning 3205 0555.

With The Westerner, ABC News and MBRC

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