Variety of leisure, learning programs: Registration open for over-55s

A VARIETY of leisure and learning activities for Parramatta’s over-55 residents are now open for registration with many classes to choose from so get in early.

Painting, Zumba, Tai Chi, line dancing, tennis, pilates, yoga or singing, it’s your choice but you must put your name on the list before the first term enrolment closes.

The popular classes cover a variety of physical, creative and mindfulness group activities, including low-impact movement classes focusing on body balance and coordination such as Tai Chi, Zumba and line dancing. 

Other select activities such as yoga, pilates and meditation aim to improve flexibility, strength and mindfulness.

These activities have been making “positive impacts on senior residents both physically and mentally,” City of Parramatta Lord Mayor Cr Pierre Esber said.

“Many seniors join classes to keep fit or learn a new skill and often make new friends along the way. 

“There is something for everyone from dancing to gentle exercises and painting with easy-to-follow steps and friendly instructors to guide you during each class.”

For tennis enthusiasts, they can learn the fundamentals of the sport with an experienced coach in a casual setting, while those looking to reduce stress and strengthen their minds can register for a range of chosen activities they can also combine with singing.

The program supports seniors who could be at risk of isolation to make new connections, while building confidence in various skills. 

Colleen has been a part of the free knitting group for over 20 years, while her husband David attends the advanced art class and they both love enjoy how social their classes are.

“Our knitting group meets fortnightly on a Tuesday and have previously knitted garments for The Children’s Hospital at Westmead,” Colleen said.

“I’ve developed a great friendship outside of the program with Joan who is among original members, and we check in on each other regularly.”

Those interested with dancing can enrol in the Zumba Gold classes running on Tuesdays from May to June this year at 12pm to 1pm with Rachael as tutor.

The classes are perfect for older adults who are looking for a modified dancing class that recreates the original Zumba moves but at a lower-intensity, Rachael said.

“The design of the class introduces easy-to-follow Zumba choreography that focuses on balance, range of motion and coordination.

“Get ready to sweat and leave feeling strong. The class focuses on elements of fitness for cardiovascular, muscular conditioning, flexibility and balance.”

Classes are held at the PHIVE Active Wellness Studio 1, and you must bring your own bottle of water and towel.

The other activities are held at various locations within the Parramatta area or online. Classes run from February to April this year with bookings required. 

For more information, visit council website

Image: The latest arts class of over-55 residents display their completed paintings.

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