This article is from the Recreational Figure Skating FAQ, by Karen Bryden with numerous contributions by others.
The news group rec.sport.skating.ice.recreational sees quite a few
postings from adults who have just discovered skating as a
recreational activity. Don't let age, weight or perceived lack of
athletic ability deter you from the fun and accomplishment to be
gained. There are several common factors that affect adult beginners
in particular, including fear of falling, work demands, and the
dreaded *skater mother from hell*.