Calling younger senior citizens

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Alexandra senior citizens co-ordinator, Rhonda Bell , is keen to change the perception that the  group is only for much older members.

Her aim is to build a 50-plus group, beginning with a Wednesday morning friendship meet-up at the senior citizens centre on Skird St.

“I just thought I would draw in a younger crowd, because there are a lot of other activities, like we do go out on outings as well,” Ms Bell said.

Walking groups, cafe meetings and lunches were some of the other activities that Ms Bell wanted to promote.

“We’ve got the the community bus available to us, so we go out to lunch once a month on a Friday, but if there is more interest we can probably do it more often.”

“I know that there’s a lot of people around that probably don’t go out because they don’t know many people,” she said.

Popular meetings of housie on Tuesdays and Thursdays would remain, but Ms Bell was keen to expand the perception of the club and encourage younger people to see there was a whole range of other activities that they could get involved in.

“I’m going to see what they want to do, they can tick off what they are interested in,” Ms Bell said.

She was born in Clyde and grew up in Alexandra, but had lived in Perth for about 20 years, working as a taxi driver, and had recently moved back to be close to family.

Ms Bell wants to change the perception of the senior citizens group and reach out to some who weren’t coming at the moment.

“It just feels like people wouldn’t come to senior citizens because they think they are too young.

“My mother is 80 and she thought she was too young to come,” Ms Bell said.

“That’s why I wanted to get a younger group of people because they still want company as well don’t, they?”

People could contact the Alexandra Senior Citizens on (03) 448-7007 or ascitz@xtra.co.nz

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