If you haven’t already planned your retirement, you might be wondering how to fill your days. Fortunately, there are so many options you won’t have to worry about being bored. You can spend your time catching up with friends over a game of chess, find some new friends at social events around town, learn something new by going back to school, and even find travel companions ready to explore new places. Even if you just want to play a round of golf or hit up the local gym, Aurora has you covered.
Most seniors look forward to relaxing during their retirement and what better way to relax than with a round of your favorite card game? Senior centers in Aurora, such as the Aurora Center for Active Adults, offers billiards, bingo, and pinochle. If golf is more your speed, you can play around at any one of the numerous courses in town.
You don’t have to be college age to go to college, and in fact, it’s a good idea to keep learning as you age to keep your mind sharp. Active Minds is an organization created to help adults in retirement with continuing their education. You can take various courses or attend workshops and lectures based on your interests. The Academy for Lifelong Learning also has classes geared towards seniors and the Metropolitan State University of Denver allows seniors 60 and older to audit classes for free.
Fitness should be a crucial component of your life once you enter retirement. Maintaining your health can keep you from experiencing chronic conditions, bad falls, and overall poor health. The YMCA of Metropolitan Denver has senior classes that can help with arthritis pain, fall prevention, and disease care. The Beck Recreation Center has personal trainers you can use to make sure you are doing age appropriate exercises and progressing.
The Shalom Wellness Center offers a therapy pool, fitness center, and rehabilitation center specifically for seniors.
Don’t think retiring means you must give up on your dreams of performing on stage. You can still take the stage and showcase your talents! The Aurora Singers is an adult choir that requires an audition to sing but performs all over the Metropolitan Denver area. You can sing in a choir and help at-risk youth through the SOAR Youth and Adult Choir. If dancing is more your style, you can check the Dance in Denver website for dances as well as classes and clubs to join.
You can still make new friends even after you’ve retired. Meetups happen all over the Aurora and metropolitan area, and there is a group for almost every interest. There are baby boomer social clubs and meetups for people who love hiking and nature. If you’re single and ready to mingle, you can find a seniors singles group in your area.
You have the free time, so it’s the best time to get out and see the world by traveling. Senior travel groups are a fantastic way to find companions for your next excursion or share your experiences from the road. If you’re an AARP member, you can check out their travel center and find destinations with senior-friendly options and get discounts on airfare and other travel expenses.
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