The Australian Retired Persons Association (SA) Inc, known as ARPA, was established in 1981. It presently uses the ARPA Active Over 50s banner to better represent the association and its members. It sees the definition provided by the World Health Organisation on Active Ageing as its guide.
We support ‘active ageing’, especially for the over 50s, as it allows people to realise their potential for physical, social, and mental wellbeing throughout their life. We aim to provide a range of activities to keep over50s both mentally and physically active and to provide the opportunity to form new friendships.
Active Ageing – the process of optimising opportunities for physical, social and mental well-being throughout the life course in order to extend healthy life expectancy and the quality of the life in older age.
These groups have a single focus such as golf, cycling, fishing, photography, walking and many more. These groups are open to all members. There are presently 25 groups which can be subdivided into performance, physical, indoor and educational. Visit the ARPA Groups page for more information.
These groups are open to all members. Activities vary greatly between groups and more information and localities are available on the ARPA Locations page. Here is an example of the activities at the Blackwood Regional group. Blackwood meet on a Wednesday from 9:30am to 2:00pm. During this time you could choose from table tennis, a variety of card games, board games, carpet bowls, or pool. During the year they hold day trips, outings and special lunches.