Most dance clubs are geared to the over 19 (or 21 in some countries) and under 30 crowd; there are even events for underage party-goers but until recently, there haven’t been many hot spots for fun-loving adults over 60. All that is changing as the Posh Club introduces what it calls “working class entertainment” in London and the South East.
Masquerading as a tea party, pop-up events may well include tea cakes and sandwiches along with a glass of bubbly but are as likely to feature cabaret-style shows, dancing, role playing or a variety show. More than 200 events have been held over the past several years, with an average of 100 guests in attendance. The Posh Club is a research project funded with support from the Arts Council England in partnership with Queen Mary University of London.
The project aims to track the impact regular social interaction has on the health and well-being of older adults. The Posh Club also has a relationship with several general practitioner physicians in the area and researchers will also evaluate if more social engagement encourages greater use of health services. Results of the research are expected to be published in 2019.
According to Age UK, more than 2 million people over the age of 75 in England live alone. Many report not speaking to anyone; a friend, neighbor or family member for sometimes more than a month. Research tells us that social isolation is one of the greatest crises facing older adults today and loneliness can be worse for overall health and well-being than smoking or obesity.
Staying socially active is important for older adults to keeps the brain stimulated, learn new skills, remain relevant, increase motivation and improve well-being. According to a 2012 study by Statistics Canada, older adults who regularly engage in social activities report lower levels of loneliness and dissatisfaction with life and better self-esteem. Social interaction can also reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease, depression, cardiovascular problems and arthritis.
Learn more about The Posh Club by following this link to the project website.