Growing older doesn’t mean slowing down but rather, picking up something new!
“You can’t teach an old dog new tricks” Heard of this saying before? It is a common belief that as we grow older, our brain becomes fixed, making it difficult to learn new things. Well, this theory has been disproved by many studies which show that the brain is able to change throughout our lifetime.
In a study conducted by scientists from University College London, it was found that London taxi drivers’ brains changed with more brain cells growing in the part of the brain related to knowledge of maps. This research also included taxi drivers who had been driving for 40 years. Additionally, activities such as learning a new language, instrument or even Sudoku can encourage the brain to be more malleable.
Getting regular exercise can also help train the brain. Research has found that exercise can stimulate the brain’s ability to maintain old network connections in the brain while making new connections that are important in healthy cognition. Being physically active helps you stay strong and fit enough to keep doing your hobbies and such with less risk of injury. This also helps you maintain your independence while you age.
So no matter how old you are, always look out for community classes or take a deep breath and learn something new. Here’re places to go and societies to join to get moving, physically and mentally.
What better way to meet new people than joining a society of people who are like-minded and at a similar stage of life? Seniors Aloud is an online community for those above the age of 50. The community aims to provide a way for seniors to network and share their life experiences. There are also special events its members, every now and again.
Visit www.seniorsaloud.com for articles that are relevant to senior citizens or register at www.seniorsaloud.com/p/members-registration.html for a free membership. You can also connect via Facebbok at www.facebook.com/SeniorsAloud for updates on their activities.
Senior Citizens Association Selangor and Federal Territory (SECITA)
SECITA is a Non-Governmental Organisation that was established in 1984. The association is dedicated to looking into the needs, welfare and interests of those aged 55 and above. The group hosts activities such as Tai Chi and Qi Gong, line, social and cultural dancing and singing, computer literacy, languages, arts and crafts, music and calligraphy classes, for a small fee.
Bangunan SECITA is located at No.4A, Jalan SS 5D/6, Kelana Jaya, 47301 Petaling Jaya, Selangor. For more information, contact 03-78063303 (Puan Siti) from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.
Senior Golfers’ Society of Malaysia
The Senior Golfers’ Society of Malaysia is perfect for serious golfers aged 55 years and above. Society members can play at over 80 golf clubs in Malaysia, at reduced green fees. Additionally, around 50 hotels may give special room rates to members of this society as well. The Senior Golfer’s Society of Malaysia also holds matches between clubs and even international golfing tours to other countries.
For more information, check out their website at: www.sgsm.com.my or contact 03-9287 8857/8859. Their main office is located at 71-2, Jalan 3/76D, Desa Pandan, Kuala Lumpur 55100 Malaysia.
Aerobics classes at local parks
If you’re interested in getting your body moving and making friends, check out the aerobic classes at our local parks. Dancing surrounded by lush greenery with fresh cool, morning air is a wonderful way to keep fit. Get your groove on while being guided by a qualified aerobics instructor with over 200 participants. Don’t worry about keeping up because all the dance moves are choreographed by aerobics instructors who create routines that are suitable for all ages.
Parks offering this free aerobics programme include Taman Tasik Titiwangsa, Taman Tasik Permaisuri, Taman Keramat, Taman Tasik Manjalara, Taman Lembah Kiara, Taman Rekreasi Bukit Jalil and Taman Rekreasi Pudu Ulu. Every Sunday from 8am to 9am, there’s also free aerobic sessions at Taman Lembah Kiara in Taman Tun Dr. Ismail.
Free Tree Society Kuala Lumpur
Have a green thumb and want to encourage others to grow a little plant of their own? The Free Tree Society will sprout little seedlings and give healthy plants to the public for free. This society aims to increase and improve the city’s greenscape, educate people on the right way to plant trees and encourage the love of plants.
Volunteer sessions are on Tuesdays (9.30am to 11.30am) and Saturdays (9am to 12pm) but do let them know if you’ll be in a group of over six people as this would require a booking one day prior. Check out www.facebook.com/FreeTreeSociety or www.freetreesociety.org for more information.
Chin Woo Stadium
Swimming is a great low impact exercise that’s perfect for seniors who may have achy joints. It also improves heart health by making your heart stronger, lowering blood pressure and reducing the overall risk of heart and lung disease. The pool at Chin Woo Stadium is open from 2 to 8 pm and charges just RM2 per adult entry. In addition to the pool, there are also badminton courts that can be utilised, so round up a few of your friends and grab a court.
Chin Woo Stadium is located at Jalan Hang Jebat, City Centre, 50150 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Whatever you choose to do, why not grab a few of your friends, socialise and have fun at the same time! Remember, if you do decide to start an exercise regime, do check with your doctor to ensure that it’s a safe activity for you. Additionally, especially for gardening activities, make sure that you don’t have any plant allergies.