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Chinese aged show no sign of slowing down, proving age is not a limit to happiness

By Joseph S. Margai (People's Daily Online)    16:51, August 31, 2018

Zhou Guoyuan (right) and her team dance to a Chinese song.

These Chinese women, all over the age of 70, show no signs of slowing down as their daily activities continue to make them feel younger by the day.

During a media tour of Tianjin City, organized by People’s Daily Online, this journalist caught up with a group of active senior women, who wisely explained that age is not a limit to happiness and exercise. The ladies, who enjoy singing and dancing, said that their daily routine keeps them healthy and feeling young.

Their broad smiles and admirable performance signal a sense of hope for everyone in, or approaching, their golden years.

All members of the group, known as Wudongrensheng, which means dancing for life, are over 70 years old, explained 73-year-old team leader Zhou Guoyuan. She added that the aged coming together keeps them happy, while singing and dancing keep them healthy.

Members of Wudongrensheng group, which means dancing for life, look cheerful and healthy.

“We come here to practice daily, and we only rest on Thursdays. Every month, we organize a free concert where we perform to a huge audience,” she said.

She revealed that they dance to music from around the world, but they cannot sing foreign songs as they don't understand the language.

Zhou Guoyuan said she was an engineer, adding that she worked for a company that manufactured chemical products. “I retired at the age of 55 and since then, I have been enjoying my retirement with fun and music,” she noted.

She revealed that she has two children, a son and a daughter, adding that her grandchildren are currently studying for their master’s degrees in China.

Zhou Guoyuan’s colleague is 77 years old, and noted that singing, dancing and having fun together unites the elderly, keeping them strong.

In many developing countries, people over the age of 70 often spend more time at home or looking after their grandchildren. Due to slowing down and becoming inactive, many face health problems. However, this group of Chinese ladies are all so active that they don't face any related health implications.

 

 

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