Retirement is more than just not working any longer but about exploring your interests and spending your free time the way you want to. You will have time to socialize with friends over a game of chess, find new companions while you travel around the globe, grow your mind and confidence with new skills, or perform in a group. The possibilities are endless and Long Beach is the perfect place to discover the best of your retirement years.
You’ve probably been playing card and board games for years, but now you have the time to play whenever you want. Many of the senior centers in Long Beach have weekly games you can attend with friends or on your own. The California Recreation Center has Bingo every Tuesday, and you can find various card games and puzzle groups at the Cesar Chavez Senior Center. The Long Beach Senior Center also has bingo, and every Saturday is senior recreation day at the Silverado Park Senior Center.
Old age doesn’t mean you suddenly stop learning; it means you have the time to discover new things. If you’ve always wanted to go back to school, now is your chance. Almost all the senior centers in the area have classes like arts and crafts or quilting and even gardening. You can also go to the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at California State University Long Beach. This program, for adults 50 and over, allows you to to take courses and learn new subjects for a yearly membership fee. The Long Beach School for Adults is another good option for continuing your education, especially if you’re considering re-entering the workforce.
Now more than ever, it’s important to take care of your health. As you age, balance, strength and cardiovascular health begin to diminish but if you exercise, you can improve all those aspects of well-being. The Long Beach Senior Center has a fitness center with classes for older adults. The California State University Long Beach also has a senior fitness program called LifeFit. You can learn how to take care of your health, get assistance from a personal trainer, and attend seminars on improving your well-being.
Performing is not for everyone but if you always longed for a place on stage, then now is your chance. There are plenty of places to shine under the lights here in Long Beach. Golden Sands is an A Capella women’s chorus that performs all over the city. You don’t have to audition, and there is no age limit. You can also join the Long Beach Camerata Singers, but there is an audition process. The Long Beach Chorale and Chamber Orchestra is a volunteer group, and you can play in the orchestra or sing with the chorus.
Don’t be afraid to meet new people as you age. Meetups happen all over Long Beach, and you can find many that meet specific criteria like the over 60 group. There are also groups for single seniors, if you’re ready to start dating.
Traveling is something everyone should do at some point in their life. You can join a senior travel group to have companions on your next trip or learn about new destinations. AARP members can also use the travel center to find senior discounts and plan their next excursion.
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