If you think you’re going to be bored now that you’re retired, think again. There is so much to do, see, and experience in Kansas City and with the free time you have it’s easier than ever. There are classes you can take to further your knowledge, recreational activities to get you out of the house, social events to meet new people, opportunities to travel, and ways to fulfill dreams of performing and perfecting your hobbies.
You’ve worked hard your entire life, and now it’s time to relax and spend some time enjoying activities like card games with friends. Platte Senior Services has a variety of games for Kansas City seniors including Scrabble, bingo, Rummikub, chess, and bunco. The Don Bosco Senior Center has card and board games as well as puzzles, billiards, and movie nights.
Retirement is an excellent time to head back to school because you have free time and learning new information helps keep your mind sharp. Shepherd’s Center of Kansas City offers a program called Adventures in Learning. You can listen to speakers and acquire new skills with your peers and engage in your community. The University of Missouri is home to an Osher Lifelong Learning Institute which is a program geared towards adults 50 and older. You pay an annual membership fee and then take classes and courses on campus. The Parks and Recreation Department also offers computer classes for seniors.
Staying healthy might seem intimidating, but if you have the right support, you can stay fit well into retirement. The Parks and Recreation Department has a Silver Sneakers program that is for seniors over 60. You can take part in yoga, cardio, water aerobics, and strength classes. You can also visit the fitness center at the Don Bosco Senior Center. The University of Kansas has the Landon Fitness Center that offers a fitness class to seniors over 60 and you can choose from Tai Chi, yoga, Zumba, and meditation.
If you think you were born for the stage, then the good news is there are still plenty of opportunities to perform. City in Motion offers adult dance classes in ballet, tap, hip-hop, and more while the Don Bosco Senior Center has ballroom dancing and Platte Senior Service offers line dancing. You can sing with the Liberty Community Chorus or the Northland Community Choir.
You don’t have to look far to find new friends to add to your list or find new opportunities to socialize. There is a senior social club through the KC Parks program and meetups throughout Kansas City. You can find groups that fit your interests or try new things with social group meetups.
If you never got the chance to travel while you were working, retirement presents a great opportunity. You can join a senior travel club and explore new cultures or stay right in your own backyard and see what Missouri can offer. Sunrise City Tours are based in Kansas City and can help you plan a trip or vacation, so you don’t have to worry about a thing. Many of the senior centers in Kansas City go on day trips or plan special field trips once a month if that is more your pace.
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