U3A members celebrate their golden years as part of the NSW Seniors Festival, held for 10 days up until April 10.
U3A members celebrate their golden years as part of the NSW Seniors Festival, held for 10 days up until April 10. Marc Stapelberg

Life begins at 60: Message of the U3A's seniors celebration

MEMBERS of U3A are celebrating what it means to be a senior this week as part of the annual Seniors Festival.

This year's theme is Grow Young, which highlights all of the opportunities retirees and semi-retirees have in these golden years.

"Life begins at 60," Lismore mayor and U3A member, Jenny Dowell, said at a U3A Seniors Festival celebration yesterday.

"It's celebrating what it means to be a senior and embracing the enthusiasm, the enjoyment, the place in life you get to where you're comfortable in your own skin, comfortable with what you're doing and living a good and healthy seniors life."

Members were treated to a lunch, guided walk and presentations from a number of keynote speakers as part of the celebration.

It was held at the Lismore Environment and Education Centre, next to the Lismore Rainforest Botanic Gardens.

Keynote speaker, Nora Vidler-Blanksby, spoke about happiness during her presentation.

"I see happiness as the by-product of gratitude," she said.

"I'll give the members ideas on how to keep going in the way they are now and looking after themselves spiritually, physically and mentally."

The other topics discussed during presentations were education, health and a topic called Young at Heart.

The NSW Seniors Festival will run until April 10.

U3A offers seniors the opportunity to develop new skills or simply have fun and meet new people with its range of classes in the community.

Some of the classes include photography, a computer group and an embroidery group, however there are 40 classes total on offer.

For more information about joining U3A, call 6622 7408 or visit www.u3anriv.org.au.

U3A was established in Lismore 22 years ago.


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