LET'S DANCE: As Rocktober gives way to Movember, the Ageing Ravers want others to join them to bust some moves without busting a hip.
LET'S DANCE: As Rocktober gives way to Movember, the Ageing Ravers want others to join them to bust some moves without busting a hip. BELINDA SCOTT

Ageing ravers find youth with modern music

JACKIE Carstairs says a TV program got her up and dancing, in spite of arthritis and a bad back.

"It all started when I watched an program on ABC-TV called How to Stay Young," Jackie said.

"This UK series showed men and women with an average age of 79, really enjoying moving around to modern music. Partners were not required and people danced independ- ently or joined together for a set routine.

" Not only were they having a good time but, according to doctors interviewed, this move- ment to music is actually far better for our health than the rather boring routine on the circuit of equipment in a gym ... I am 81 and have fibromyalgia but I find this a delightful way of exercising and extremely beneficial. You think you are exhausted, then the music starts and you get going again.

"Every one of us has a problem, whether it is backs or hips or knees. We call ourselves The Ageing Ravers because we are having fun and staying as agile as we can."

Anne Hewitt, brought to the group by her mother, 90-year-old Pat Hewitt, likes that it gives her somewhere to dance.

"My age group used to go to clubs every Friday and Saturday night to dance but now there is nowhere for people of our age group to go," Anne said.

Clarence Village resident Veronica Rose, 80, said she didn't get out much and enjoyed the good music and company, while 70-year-old Chrissie O'Farrell said she liked the social aspect.

The Ageing Ravers meet on Fridays at Grafton Services Club, Mary St, from 11am-noon and their motto is Use It or Lose It.

Bus transport is available and each session ends with morning tea or lunch.

Phone Jackie on 66422284.


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