Age isn?t wearying them
By LEIGH PRITCHARD
GRAFTON's Doris Holbrook is embracing old age.
"Just because you're getting older, you don't sit in a chair and say 'life is over'," Mrs Holbrook, 66, said.
For more than three years Mrs Holbrook, the Grafton Sen- ior Citizen secretary, has taken part in a weekly Senior Citz Exercise Class at the Grafton Community and Function Centre.
"Age doesn't have to stop you from doing things," Mrs Holbrook said.
"There is no point saying 'I can't do this', 'I can't do that', if you don't make an effort."
Mrs Holbrook said she suffered from arthritis in her feet, hands and neck.
"(Exercise) is a way of coping ... it keeps your body going," she said.
"I can do things now I wasn't able to before."
Instructor Sue Dixon, 46, said up to 30 members meet religiously every Monday morning.
"We don't do anything ... hard," Mrs Dixon said.
"The difference it has made to the ladies and men over the years has been incredible."
She said the members were her inspiration.
"They would shame some young people out," Mrs Dixon said.
"They don't whinge ? if any- thing they ask for harder work, we just have fun."
Mrs Dixon previously ran a gym, Sue Dixon's Fitness Centre, at Inverell for 13 years.
"They are my only friends ... when I moved here I didn't know anyone," she said.
"To make them feel better about themselves ? it's only one hour of my week."