Being retired doesn’t mean you have to stay home. Arlington is bursting with activities for seniors. The best part is that there is something for everyone, including games, fitness, serving your community, and meeting other seniors including singles.
Do you enjoy evenings that are more relaxing while you chat with friends? There are two senior recreation centers with the City of Arlington. Both Arlington Parks and Recreation Centers offer games, crafts, cooking classes, dance classes, and more. Eunice Activity Center’s address is 1000 Eunice Street. The Senior Recreation Center at New York Avenue’s address is 2015 Craig Hanking Drive.
Ever wanted to learn another language? The Arlington Library offers all sorts of adult learning classes. At the Aaron Family Jewish Community Center, there are weekly programs for seniors that includes art classes and Friday afternoon “College on the Couch” continued learning sessions.
The City’s Recreation offers a wide variety of fitness classes including Yoga, Pilates, Tai Chi, strength training, and also Parkinson’s support and exercise. If you want to cut a rug, The Aaron Family JCC offers classes on Fridays. Tarrant County operates 27 Senior Centers and partners to offer classes such as “A Matter of Balance” which helps older adults avoid falls and develop greater confidence. There are three different languages available. SilverSneakers also allows seniors to work out at local facilities for free.
The Age-Friendly Arlington Action Brigade meets to address older resident’s interests in the city. This group was organized to find areas that can assist Arlington to reach its “age friendly” potential and make sure that senior citizens have the appropriate voice for issues such as housing, transportation, health, and social issues.
Love furry friends? Golden PAWS is a senior volunteer group that supports Arlington Animal Services. It meets on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month to help shelter animals. They create crafts such as toys, blankets, bandanas, and more for shelter animals. They also run programs to promote adoptions.
You will certainly make friends at the recreation centers, but there are also Meetup groups in Arlington to discover the city and all ages are welcome. There is also a group for Aging LGBT. LGBT seniors and friends can also check out the “Senior Moments” social gatherings hosted by Resource Center Dallas.
Looking for fun day trips? The Arlington Senior Centers offer day trips multiple times each month. They will expand the amount of longer trips shortly. If you wish to travel further, Dallas-based Celebration Senior Magazine sponsors group trips to US destinations such as Alaska and Las Vegas. There is also a Dallas/Fort Worth International Adventure Travel Club that welcomes seniors and travelers of other ages for group excursions abroad. They have trips posted such as an African safari, Morocco, and Antarctica to name a few.
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