Garland is full of all kinds of excitement to enjoy during your retirement. You can dance away, stay fit, serve your community, learn a new language, or meet travel companions for seeing the world. There are no limits.
Senior recreation centers seem to have it all. Garland’s Senior Center offers games, crafts, classes, going to the movies, and other events. The Silver Scoop, the monthly newsletter published by this center, will highlight the events for the month so you can stay in the loop. You’ll find more arts and crafts at the 10 Dallas County Senior Centers.
Garland’s Library is full of courses you can take, including learning languages. At the Aaron Family Jewish Community Center, there are weekly programs for seniors that includes art classes and Friday afternoon “College on the Couch” continued learning sessions. The Garland Senior Center also offers English as a second language course and AARP’s Driver Safety Program.
The City’s Recreation Department offers a wide variety of fitness classes including Pilates, aerobics, ballroom dancing, and Kung Fu to name a few. There are line dancing opportunities at The Aaron Family JCC on Fridays. SilverSneakers also allows seniors to work out at local facilities for free.
Here is a great article about all the dancing opportunities available. You can see that dancing is fun in the many Dallas County senior centers. Want to join a show and audition? Check out the Spectacular Senior Follies. They put together a large production every fall with talented senior dancers, singers, orchestras, and more.
Another way to keep your mind fresh and feel good about your time is to volunteer. The Administration on Aging, Department of Health and Human Services stated that older adults might have experienced a boost in their health through volunteering which may have motivated them to continue volunteering. The Senior Source offers volunteer opportunities for active older adults to take on roles of mentors, coaches, or just companions to people in need. You will receive guidance and training to find something that meets your talents and interests.
You will certainly make friends at the recreation centers, but there are also Meetup groups for senior singles or those who just want a new group of friends to see the city. LGBT seniors and friends can also check out the “Senior Moments” social gatherings hosted by Resource Center Dallas.
The Garland Senior Center offers day trips and other travel opportunities multiple times each month. If you wish to travel further, Dallas-based Celebration Senior Magazine sponsors trips on a cruise or other US destinations. The Dallas/Fort Worth International Adventure Travel Club offers group travel for all ages including seniors. They have trips posted such as Costa Rica, Morocco, and Peru along with others.
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