Studies show us that far from being a time of unalloyed enjoyment, retirement can be difficult for many people. One UK study, commissioned by the Skipton Building Society, showed that participants' enjoyment of retirement wore off after the first ten months, while another by the Institute of Economic Affairs revealed that retired people were 40% more likely to be suffering from depression. The UK's Office of National Statistics has reported record numbers of people working past 65.
The members of Diamond Creek's OM:NI group are more familiar with the effects of retirement than many, and they've decided to do something about it. The group's minimum age is 50 and members are either on the verge of retiring or already retired. OM:NI Men's Discussion Group's mission is 'to empower older men to take greater control of their lives, and to enhance their health, wellbeing and lifestyle in retirement'.
OM:NI stands for 'Older Men: New Ideas', and represents a movement across Australia. The groups provide a space for older men to meet and discuss whatever is going on in their lives.
Men are particularly vulnerable to the side-effects of boredom such as depression and poor physical health. A Victoria University study of mortality in Australian men suggests that men are more vulnerable to negativity when they have leisure time. By gathering and sharing ideas, the Diamond Creek group is doing something to combat this hidden danger.
The group is having its Spring Meeting on Tuesday 30th September at the Diamond Creek Football Pavilion and will feature guest speaker Andrew Italia from Alzheimers Australia. Interested new members should call Ken on 0413 476 382 to register.