Keeping physically, mentally and socially active is an important part of growing older, and the Ladies Probus Club of New Lambton has put the call out for retired women to join in their fun.
A 2016 survey by Relationships Australia found that roughly 8% of over 65s experienced social isolation, while the numbers of those experiencing loneliness significantly increased with age – from 13% of 65 to 69-year-olds to almost 20% of over 80s.
Combating the social isolation that can particularly occur after retirement has spurred the club to meet several times a month, offering a variety of activities ranging from a casual coffee to formal lunches or day trips around the Hunter, Central Coast and Sydney.
Coordinator Coralie Watson said their members also recognised how important it was to enjoy exercise, scheduling scenic walks around local landmarks.
“Our walks happen at a different place in Newcastle each time,” she said.
“They can be coastal or rural, visiting lakes, gardens, the bush, even historical shipwrecks.”
The club has almost 80 members, but Mrs Watson said there was always room for more.
For an information pack about the Ladies Probus Club of New Lambton email [email protected].
Those living elsewhere can search for a local club at www.probussouthpacific.org.