Retirement is a new adventure and an opportunity to do things you never had time for before. You can learn new skills or a new language by heading back to school, try performing on stage by joining a local choir or dance group, and you can travel the globe in a senior travel group. There are things to do at home too including maintain your fitness, catch a card game with a friend, or meet new people.
Card and board games are a great way to relax and catch up with old friends. You can also join a game group and meet weekly to perfect your skills or just talk about what’s new in your life. You can find Scrabble, table tennis, and Canasta on the West Bank Campus of New Orleans People Programs. Many of the other senior centers in the area have games like bingo and pinochle; you just need to check the schedule for times.
You might think retirement is the time to learn new things, but it’s an optimal time to head back to the classroom. Keep your mind in shape by taking classes at the Jewish Community Center. You can also consider the Lifelong Learning Institute run by the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community which offers college-level courses to senior citizens. Many other senior centers also offer classes on things like art, music, and literature as well as computer literacy and technology.
If you’ve never worked out before, now is the perfect time to start. Maintaining your health with a fitness routine as you age helps you with things like balance, strength, and flexibility. The New Orleans Recreation Department has fitness classes that are geared towards seniors and include walking, dance, and Pilates. Oshner Fitness Center has a program called Silver Sneakers that is just for adults 65 and older. You can join the program and get classes, education, and wellness checks.
It might seem like your time to shine onstage has already passed, but there are plenty of opportunities in New Orleans to perform. You can join the Symphony Chorus of New Orleans that is an entirely volunteer based singing program. You will need to audition to join this group. You can also take piano, string, or percussion classes through the New Orleans Recreation Department or sing in the senior choir, no audition required. If you would prefer dancing, try some of the adult groups at Dancing Grounds.
Maybe you decided to move somewhere new and don’t have any friends in the area. Meetups are a simple way to find seniors in New Orleans that share your same interests. There are also meetups for single seniors if you’re ready to jump back into the dating game.
Traveling is a great way to learn new things, meet new people, and get to know the world. Senior travel clubs help you connect with other travel enthusiasts and share experience and tips. Senior Citizen Travel is a group designed for seniors ready to hit the road. They take care of planning the trip, so all you have to do is enjoy the ride. You can also use AARP’s Travel Center if you’re a member.
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