Dallas Senior Centers

One of the great things about retired life in Dallas is the huge buffet of social options available in the Metroplex. Your choices are as simple and unfussy as bingo at the senior center, as dramatic as theater classes and tap-dance troupes, as far-flung as group travel to Africa, and as intriguing as Dallas’ senior singles scene.

When you want to play games

Sometimes you want to keep things low-key and chat with friends while you try to best each other at cards, Monopoly, or another board game. City of Dallas recreation centers offer dominoes, bridge, and other games at all locations as part of their Active Senior Adult Programs. Brady Senior Center, run by Catholic Charities, is another place where you can find games (yes, there’s bingo) going on during the week.

When you want to keep learning

The Aaron Family Jewish Community Center welcomes all seniors for its weekly programs that include guest speakers, a Thursday morning art class for beginners, and Friday afternoon “College on the Couch” learning sessions. You’ll find more arts and crafts at the 10 Dallas County Senior Centers. Brush up your behind-the-wheel savvy with an AARP safe driving course through Methodist Generations.

When you want to stay fit

The city’s recreation centers offer more than game days—ASAP members also have access to weight and aerobics training, walking clubs and fitness classes, all for $7 per month. Most local senior centers offer some form of light exercise each day. The Aaron Family JCC offers line dancing classes on Fridays so you can kick up your heels while improving your balance and overall conditioning. Methodist Generations hosts tai chi and meditation classes for better balance, physical and mental.

When you want to take the stage

Find your voice in the Aaron Family JCC Chorus, which performs at local senior homes, or join the 180-member strong Goldenaires Senior Choir at First Baptist Church of Richardson, which is open to singers of all levels and performs locally and abroad. The Dallas Tap Dazzlers welcomes women age 45 and up with strong tap-dancing skills to join their award-winning performance troupe. The Spectacular Senior Follies delights Dallas every fall with a lavish production that brings together senior dance troupes, choruses, orchestras and more. Auditions typically begin in the spring for PG-rated comedians, age 55-and-up showgirls, singers, and more.

When you want to meet new people

Besides all the new people you can meet at the recreation center, senior center, and performing arts rehearsals, Dallas is home to dozens of active Meet-up groups for seniors over 50, both for dating and for friendship. There are singles groups for fitness fanatics, music lovers, and “adventurous” seniors as well as neighborhood groups for over-50s in Arlington, Oak Cliff and other parts of town. LGBT seniors and friends can also check out the “Senior Moments” social gatherings hosted by Resource Center Dallas.

When you want to see the world

If your wanderlust goes beyond local senior center and recreation center field trips, consider a travel group. Dallas-based Celebration Senior Magazine sponsors group trips to US destinations such as Alaska and Las Vegas. The Dallas Fort Worth International Adventure Travel Club welcomes seniors and travelers of other ages for group excursions abroad. Club members have traveled to Morocco, Costa Rica, and Machu Picchu, among other places.

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