September 21 2014 Latest news:
Sunday, June 8, 2014
Technology scored a hit with dozens of older people when they queued up to play a virtual game of bowling during a free activity day for the over 50s.
An X-Box proved to be the most popular game on offer to the 100 elderly residents that flocked to the King’s Centre in Great Yarmouth to try their hand at something new.
Among those that got hooked on the high-tech gadget was a 96-year-old and many others put down their walking sticks to have a go on the game.
The free fun day was organised by Ageless Opportunities and Age Concern Great Yarmouth, who put on the annual event to keep older residents active and encourage them to take up a new hobby.
Rachael Hardie, who was among the organisers, said the day had gone down well, with many new faces turning up to have a go at basketball, badminton, shuffleboarding, pool, knitting and board games - including a giant set of snakes and ladders.
But it was the X-Box that had proved the most popular.
“That went down a treat, we couldn’t get people off it, they loved it,” Rachael said. “The volunteer on the stand said he could have sold it four times over and one man said he was going to buy one for his son who’s 60.”
New to this year’s programme was live music and a sing-along session, which also went down well with visitors.
The fun day aimed to get older people in the borough involved in new activities physically and socially as both can bring great rewards, Rachael said.
“Doing something new and meeting new people brings an enormous sense of well being,” she added. “We try and cut down that isolation and encourage people to come out and do things.”
■ The groups are holding their local hero awards later this year and nominations are now open. If you know someone who deserves an accolade for helping in the community or being a charity champion call Age Concern on 01493 743052.