Retired life in Durham means playing games at the senior center, taking classes, partaking in fitness, and incorporating social activities into your life to keep yourself busy. Countless provided options allow you to learn new things, socialize with others, and see new sights. Consider what you want to do most and join in on the fun at your nearest center.
The Durham Center for Senior Life, located at 406 Rigsbee Ave, is the downtown option in the city. There is a game room with a Wii that you can play. You may also play pool or ping pong on the available times, or just take out some cards or board games and find a friend to play with you.
You can look at the monthly calendar to find course options at the Durham Center. Tai chi for arthritis is one option, available on Tuesdays at 9:30 am. A “Make It, Take It” Card Class takes place at various times throughout the year, often starting in September and closing for the summer months. Other options only happen on a rare occasion, so you have to watch the calendar if you want to sign up for a particular course that interests you.
The Center also offers a fitness space where seniors can either take classes or use the free equipment. The monthly calendar shows options for yoga, belly dancing, line dancing, medium impact aerobics, hooping, low impact aerobics, a muscle pump, and a total body workout. Most are offered either on Mondays and Wednesdays or Tuesdays and Thursdays for morning sessions.
Perhaps you would rather perform, whether being on stage, singing, or dancing. There is a dance aerobics fitness class you can take to help perfect your art. You can also look into outside groups to join other than what the senior center has to offer. The Durham Seniors Divas and Dudes is one option, for example. This senior citizen cheerleaders group have earned the title of state champions several times. They cheer for the North Carolina Senior Games held each year.
Join a senior game day group, the Triangle Table Tennis Senior League, volunteer flutists and musicians, the social 50-60 meet-up group, and more. The website, Meetup, offers countless options for senior meet-ups in the city. Joining one allows you to get together regularly with others who have similar interests so you can chat and spend time getting to know one another. It’s a great way to fill your time and partake in a social setting.
Silver Connections is a group for older adults. They have countless travel opportunities that you can join in on if you wish. Each year, the places change to ensure a variety of options. A Caribbean cruise, Viking Rhine River Cruise, visit Portugal, Hilton Head Island Beach Getaway, and a trip to Scotland are all on the list. Talk to the group and see which trips are open and how much it will cost to attend. There is a yearly membership fee to join, which allows you to take part in all the local events that go on throughout the month.
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