If you’re retired in Denver you have more than one way to fill your spare time. The city boasts many different senior and community centers that offer options for everything from card games and bingo to continuing education and group fitness classes. Seniors looking to make new friends or even date can do it through a community program or Meetup group, and those looking to perform with a troupe or travel the world have resources in the community to make those dreams a reality as well.
The Colorado Area Agency on Aging operates 36 senior centers in the Denver area . Each has their own unique programs, services, and recreational activities and many include board games, card games, and even bingo tournaments. You can visit the Catholic Charities run Mulroy Senior Center for Bingo, or the Cook Park Recreation Center for a game of bridge, just to name a few.
Retirement is a great time to relax, but it’s also a great time to take a class and learn something new. The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at the University of Denver provides the resources to their members to take classes during three eight-week terms throughout the academic year. Students ages 50 and older can enroll for classes in a variety of subjects ranging from music to global issues, and everything in between. The Colorado Free University offers similar programs like crafts, language classes, career and business classes, for free to adults in the Denver Metro area.
Group fitness classes are an excellent way to stay healthy in retirement and make new friends in the process. Most community centers will offer exercise classes like Yoga, Zumba, Silver Sneakers and more. For example, the Platt Park Senior Center has groups that meet for classes weekly for Tai Chi and Dance Lessons for ages 60 and up.
Singers, dancers, actors and artists have many outlets in Denver. Senior gentlemen can audition to be part of The Denver MountainAires Senior Barbershop Chorus and Quartets. Spiritual seniors can look to local churches for opportunities to perform, like as part of the Silver Notes at the Augustana Lutheran Church. Dancers can drop by the Denver Turnverein for classes, lessons, and dancing most nights of the week. Thespians can enroll in adult-specific acting classes and even perform on stage through programs at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts.
Meeting people with similar interests should be easy with the classes and groups you’re a part of, but if you want to broaden your social horizons, you can check out the Denver senior Meetup groups. There are postings for all sorts of interests in your area, including singles looking to mingle, beer and wine lovers, travelers, environmentally friendly retirees, and more.
Traveling is a popular pastime for seniors, and there’s no better time to take a day trip or a vacation than during retirement. Most local senior centers offer day trips in the community to local museums, sporting events, parks, and other area attractions. If you’re looking for something outside the city, consider booking through senior-specific travel agencies. Agents like Elder Treks or Row Adventures specialize in planning small group trips for active seniors to exotic destinations like Costa Rica or Greece, and Women Traveling Together is an option for single ladies who want to explore the world with other women like them.
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