There is no shortage of things to do in the Atlanta area, especially for retirees. In the city you’ll find senior-specific groups for card and board games, classes to learn new skills or information, performing troupes, socializing opportunities through meet ups, and ways to travel the world with like-minded friends.
Meeting up with friends to play a few hands of cards or a game of Bingo is always a good time. In the Atlanta area, there are neighborhood and senior centers throughout the community who offer weekly game times for seniors. At the Dorothy C. Benson Multipurpose Complex, their monthly schedule of events includes games of cards and bingo, and the Helene S. Mills Multipurpose Senior Center has a bingo game monthly with prizes. The SAGE Atlanta Philip Rush Center offers games and social activities specific to Atlanta’s GLBT senior community.
It’s never too late to expand your knowledge base, and there’s no better time to take a class to learn a new skill than in retirement. Check out one of Atlanta’s local recreation centers for educational classes for seniors, or learn how to craft jewelry or create art. You can also brush up on your technology skills on one of the four Office of Aging’s multipurpose facilities in the city at their computer classes. The MJCCA offers programs and classes like watercolor painting and scarf knitting, as well as numerous other opportunities, for Jewish seniors in the area.
By keeping active in retirement, seniors stay healthier and have a better quality of life. Check out the local community and senior centers for lots of fun classes from Zumba to water aerobics to keep you moving. The YMCA of Atlanta has over a dozen area locations and offers senior-specific classes like yoga, aerobics, and water fitness, and has discounted membership rates for seniors.
There are no shortage of choirs and singing groups that hold regular auditions for new members in the Atlanta area. The Michael O’Neal Singers are one of many groups who accept new members regularly and have gospel music performances throughout the year. If you love to dance you can check out one of the dozens of area studios with adult classes, like Dance if Off Sandy Springs that features fun formats like Broadway and Zumba. The Atlanta Silver Classix Crew is another dancing opportunity for retirees. Comprised entirely of adults ages 50 and above, they entertain and perform at major sporting events and on local tv stations throughout the city.
Sometimes it’s easy to meet new people and make new friends, but sometimes it’s nice to attend a Meetup group that guarantees you’ll find someone you connect with. In Atlanta, there are dozens of senior-specific groups for all types- business professionals, passionate travelers, singles, volunteers, musicians, and more.
Traveling is a fun and exciting pastime in retirement. May local community centers offer travel opportunities or vacation groups with seniors in the area, like the Tour of Atlanta or the Alaska Cruise Tour options through Bensons. You can also look at senior-specific travel agencies like Elder Treks or Row Adventures to help you plan an adventurous vacation in another country like Egypt or Greece with a small group of like-minded seniors. Women jet-setters may find it more comfortable traveling with other single female travelers and can contact Women Traveling Together to plan a safe and exciting trip to dozens of worldwide destinations.
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