The Los Angeles area is a hub of exciting activities, especially for retirees. There are loads of things to do in the area, and seniors can be social and have fun by playing games at local community centers, taking classes to learn new skills, performing in local music and dance groups, mixing and mingling with others in the area, and even have a grand adventure with others while traveling abroad.
Having a weekly meet-up with friends to play a game of cards or a round of bingo is a fun way to connect and get out of the house. There are 27 local Senior Centers in the greater Los Angeles area operated by the Department of Recreation & Parks, and each has their own programs specific to seniors. For example, the El Sereno Senior Center has Bingo every Thursday at 11 a.m. open to their members and the Cypress Park Club House offers “Games Galore” hours open to all ages during the day. You can search the online activity catalog to find a specific program and the center that hosts it nearest you.
It’s never too late to learn a new skill, whether you’re looking to learn a new language or a few new dance moves, there are options in the Los Angeles area. At Oasis, you can try your hand at French, or sign up for a course on Acupressure massage. The area Senior Centers offer a variety of classes and programming specific to each location. As an example, you can check out the Pan Pacific Senior Activity Center on Gardner to learn how to do Tai Chi.
Daily physical activity is a key to staying healthy as we age, and there are dozens of programs in the area to keep you moving. In addition to the various programs held at local senior centers, the YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles has a program specifically for active older adults featuring a discounted membership and classes in the water and on land to meet the needs of seniors. The Westside Jewish Community Center also has senior fitness classes that are free to members and only $3 per class for non-members. These classes include strengthening, stretching, and water aerobics.
If you love performing, there are lots of opportunities to show off your talents on stage. Singers can look for a choir group in your area, like the City of Angels Community Choirs. Seniors who have a little swing in their step can check out the Los Angeles Chapter of USA Dance. They offer dance lessons and host a senior outreach program in the area. If acting is more your style, check out drama schools like the one offered by Tony Attell that are specific to seniors and designed to hone your skills while building friendships.
Even if you’re meeting lots of new people during your weekly adventures, you might also be looking to connect with someone specific in your community. Check out the senior Meetup boards in Los Angeles to find groups specific to certain interests, like singles looking for companionship, folk dancing, meditation, or volunteerism in the community.
Traveling in retirement is a popular activity, and whether you’re staying in the states or leaving the country, there are tour groups that can help you plan the trip of a lifetime. Women Traveling Together is a senior-friendly service for women looking to travel alone in a safe group filled with camaraderie. Elder Treks or Row Adventures help to organize international trips for active older adults who want to take their adventure to the next level, like paddling the exotic Nile River, or exploring the medieval history of eastern Europe.
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