This club helps seniors pursue their passion

This club helps seniors pursue their passion

Members of the Silver Surfers Club at a fun-filled gathering.

When Veena created her own brand of hand-crafted Amigurumis, she was quite thrilled with the result. And why not, such Japanese knitted dolls are only available in the international market.

The fact that Veena is 75 belies her enthusiasm for crocheting, a passion she revived at the Silver Surfers Club, which vows to turn the idea of aging by its head.

The club handholds seniors to discover their passion and lead a fulfilling life. In its aegis, many began living their dreams again; enjoying things they love to do.

"I want to rebrand ageing again as it is only the body that ages, not the mind," Dipti Varma Narain, founder of Silver Surfers Club, said. "Our wish is to create an age-inclusive society."

The idea dawned on Dipti as she helped her mother-in-law establish her entrepreneurial venture to make pickles and spreads.

"She (Dipti) asks all of us to create a bucketlist of things we'd like to do and then helps us accomplish them," said Uma Madan, who rediscovered her love for travelling and returned from a trip to Bhutan.

"This community has certainly become a second home," reiterated Uma, the 60 something, who was among the participants at the will-writing workshop the club hosted.

The place buzzes with activities right from dance classes to soap making, Decoupage, theatre and travel, everything to help the seniors recapture the idea of living out their passion.

They helped Anil turn back the clock and try out dancing, besides training him to act and karaoke.

Silver Bazaar, the club's marketplace, lets the seniors sell their produce, besides hosting various activities like theatre workshops. In fact, a bunch of Silver Surfers are rehearsing to perform a stage play with an all-senior cast in July.