15 years of mind fitness for Tweed seniors

23 September 2022

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Science tells us that stretching your mind promotes a healthy brain the same way stretching your limbs promotes a healthy body. That’s why a group of Tweed seniors meets every week to train their brains with the Fun Activities for Banora Seniors (FABS) program, Stretch Your Mind.

The Stretch Your Mind program, like FABS itself, has been running for 15 years and is still thriving. While it’s seen a lot of faces over the years, some people have been attending the group since it began in 2007.

Participants meet each Friday to stretch their minds by solving riddles and having fun with wordplay and puzzles. There are often bad jokes too! Which is all part of the fun.

Dot, who has attended the program since it began some 15 years ago, said she loved the community connections she makes as much as the puzzles.

“You never stop learning,” she said.

“We turn everything into fun.”

And she’s right too. They really do.

While called a program in the official sense, it’s more of a social group – a hilarious meeting of local minds where you can share a cuppa over a crossword and meet other locals who aren’t taking life too seriously.  

“I come for the fun, laughter and companionship,” said local senior Brian, who was quick to finish this week’s crossword.

“It’s good to see if your brain still works,” laughed Maria, who began coming to the group when she retired a few years ago.

“After retirement, you don’t have to use your mind so much. I love how we encourage each other to think outside the box.”

The Stretch Your Mind group meets every Tuesday at Banora Point Community Centre from 10.30 am – 12 pm.

Stretch Your Mind is proudly funded by My Aged Care.


Would you be interested in joining a Stretch Your Mind Group in Murwillumbah? We are currently asking for expressions of interest to test demand for the establishment of a new group in Murwillumbah. 

For more info about FABS programs, or to lodge an expression of interest, contact Banora Point Community Centre on 07 5569 3162.


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