Having extolled the virtues of indoor rowing for the over 70s, can I add these two photos as reasons for walking. We are lucky to be able to go out of our front door and have an hour in the hills.
I would have thought singing was a great choice of activity for the over 70s. See Tuesday 19th January, 2016 - Chris Rowbury's reasons for singing. And another reason - winning a competition. Honley Ladies are a champion choir in the Mrs. Sunderland Festival 2017 and third overall on the gala night. A brilliant effort.
Good session down at Heritage Keys last Saturday, alternating somehow with Mrs. Sunderland. David Thorpe presented recent research into the early days of Huddersfield RL's ground, up to 1914.
Ian Van Bellen was there, looking really trim. He lived round the corner from me in Waterloo. No it's not exercise but it is mental stimulation for the over 70s to engage in project work and to see yourself in print or other evidence for all your effort. Do please click on Huddersfield Heritage.
'My generation: having a ball at 70' Times February 25th 2017 by Valerie Grove is another in the current crop of articles on ageing well. It is about those of us who were born around 1946/7. It's light and funny and shouldn't be taken too seriously. After reading it a couple of times, however, I confess to being irritated. It's a bit smug, SE centric and caters for the comfortably off who have good pensions and are socially well-connected. Many of the northern pensioners are not so fortunate.
Yes there was rationing and other deprivations in the fifties. I wasn't aware of them and neither were the rest of the kids on Willow Lane, Hillhouse. I was aware of a grumpy soldier who returned from the war. He put more shape on my life than any economic hardship. I don't see many kids going without today, even in poor families.
The swinging sixties? I lived in Liverpool in the sixties and free love passed me by. We had a brilliant time though.
Yes, our kids are struggling to get on the housing ladder despite working hard. So yes we are lucky and yes we also worked hard. I wonder what the motivation was?
I could go on and frequently do and thanks to Valerie for getting the juices flowing.
Finally death. My daughter will have somewhere to live.