Are you a Mesa retiree who is looking for opportunities to socialize, exercise, and learn new skills? Luckily for you, local Active Adult Centers, community groups, and nonprofits are dedicated to helping Mesa seniors keep active and engaged as they age.
On weekdays, swing by the downtown East Valley Adult Resources Mesa Active Adult Center or the Red Mountain Active Adult Center in East Mesa to meet and socialize with friends. Members can play bingo, card games, and board games together, or catch up while sharing a communal meal. Live entertainment is also available at Red Mountain, while weekly dances are held at the downtown Mesa Active Adult Center location. East Valley Adult Resources membership is open to adults over the age of 55 and costs a nominal yearly fee.
Do you have trouble using computers and other electronic devices? Adult computer workshops held at Red Mountain Active Adult Center and the Mesa Public Library help seniors across the city learn the basics of using computers and the internet. The library also offers basic adult education and literacy classes, ESL, and U.S. Citizenship courses, and GED preparation workshops.
If you want to learn a new skill or hobby, arts and crafts classes offered through East Valley Adult Resources can teach you how to draw, paint, sculpt, and more. The Mesa Arts Center also offers workshops where adults of all ages can learn artistic techniques from industry professionals.
New Frontiers Lifelong Learning is a Mesa Community College program where older adults can socialize with their peers as they learn about health, culture, history, and more in a casual environment. Workshops are also available for novice Android, iOS, and Windows users.
The Mesa Community College Fitness Center boasts a variety of cardiovascular and weight training equipment for gym members, including treadmills, stair masters, ellipticals, free weights and more. Adults over the age of 55 can access the Fitness Center and on-site group activities through the Mesa Community College SeniorFit program. The Fitness Center also accepts retirees over 65 who are eligible for the SilverSneakers program.
If you’ve got an ear for music or a talent for drama, you can build upon your skills by taking performing classes at the Mesa Arts Center. Adults of all ages can enroll in classes that cover dance and movement, acting, improv, and more. Aspiring musicians can learn how to sing or play a new instrument through workshops and private instruction. Experienced singers can audition with Mesa’s Sonoran Desert Chorale for a chance to perform in front of live audiences around Arizona.
Mesa seniors can meet new friends by visiting their nearest Active Adult Center for a game of cards or to attend a class. East Valley Adult Resources also hosts support groups where older adults can connect with an understanding and compassionate network of peers.
If you are looking for friends who share a common interest with you, hop online and check out Meetup groups in your area. You can find dance partners, exercise companions, and even new band or choir mates. It does not matter if you’re married or single, local Meetup groups make it easy to make friends at any stage of your life.
The New Frontiers Lifelong Learning program offers mature students the opportunity to learn as they travel abroad and tour foreign locations such as Cuba and Italy. Senior tourists can also join local travel groups, most of which do not place restrictions on age. Groups such as the Phoenix International Travel Meetup and the West Valley World Travel Enthusiasts take the stress out of vacationing by organizing a full travel itinerary for each group trip.
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