What is the one thing you want to do most in your retirement years? Would you like to relax, spend time with friends, and maybe learn new things? You can do all of that and more in Oakland. There are classes you can take to expand your knowledge and keep your mind sharp, opportunities to showcase your talents or learn new ones, and even the chance to travel and meet new people that like the same things you do. Get ready for an exciting retirement!
After working hard for so many years, relaxing with your favorite game is a real reward. Numerous senior centers around Oakland offer different game groups. You can play whist and bingo at the North Oakland Senior Center, or play whist, dominoes, or pool at the East Oakland Senior Center. The Downtown Oakland Senior Center also has a quarterly bingo game.
Retirement is the best time to learn a new skill or broaden your horizons by going back to school. You have the time, and there are plenty of opportunities. The Center for Learning in Retirement helps you connect with other seniors, hear new ideas, and even travel around to appreciate the culture in the East Bay area. You can also join the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of California Berkeley. This program allows seniors 50 and older to pay an annual membership fee to take courses and lectures on campus.
It’s easy to live a sedentary lifestyle once you hit retirement but that is a recipe for disaster. Maintaining your fitness is an easy way to make sure you enjoy a long and healthy retirement. You can join a yoga class through the Bay Area Older Adults site or find gyms that offer senior classes through the Idea Health and Fitness Association. Flex in Oakland provides a variety of senior fitness classes, and the Hayward Area Recreation Center has a program for adults over 50 years old.
If you never got the chance to perform in your youth, there is still time. There are many groups in Oakland and the East Bay area that can help your dreams come true. If you’re a singer, you can join the Oakland City Chorus, but there is an audition required. East Bay Harmony welcomes any singer interested in their group and you only audition for placement within the choir. Sing In Harmony is a simple way to find community choruses throughout the Oakland area. You can also check with your local senior center for dance classes like line dancing, ballroom dancing, and tap dancing.
Friendships are important especially as you get older and going to meetups in Oakland is a fantastic way to meet new people. There are groups for seniors in Oakland and the entire Bay area. You could also join a club, like a bicycle club, to meet friends with your same interests.
Traveling in retirement is simple and fun because you have so much more time now. Senior travel clubs are a fast way to meet new travel companions and learn about exciting trips you might want to take. If you’re an AARP member, you can also use their travel center to plan your trip and find senior discounts.
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