St. Louis is a city that’s always bustling with things to do, especially for seniors. You’ll find all kinds of entertainment in retirement, including places to play card and board games with friends, opportunities to take classes to learn something new, performing groups that welcome senior members, groups with specific interests that have meet ups across the city, and travel opportunities to exciting places.
In the county, the Mid East Area on Aging manages all of the senior centers. In St. Louis City, the St. Louis Area Agency on Aging handles the senior centers. In both instances, senior centers throughout the greater St. Louis area offer daily and weekly games, cards, and bingo for seniors. To find the schedule nearest you, you can use this online calendar search to select the community center in your area and the activities that most interest you. For example, at the South County Senior center, you’ll find weekly bingo, and game days as well as bi-weekly Bunko tournaments. City Seniors Inc. also offers weekly programs and hot meals for seniors in the area.
Many people have a goal of learning something new every day, and in retirement, it’s easy to find time to take a class to broaden your knowledge base. Through the senior learning programs through Oasis, you can register to take classes on dozens of topics like art, creative writing, learning more about the Osage Indians, edibles in the Ozarks, and more. The St. Louis County Library also offers a variety of programs for all ages including computer classes on the internet, Publisher, Google, and the iPad. Many classes are free or very low cost to members of the community.
Regular exercise is important to our health, especially as we age. Throughout the community, you can find dozens of class options specifically designed to be appropriate, and fun, for seniors. Check out the local senior and community centers for yoga, Zumba, chair aerobics and more. You can also visit your local branch of the Gateway Region YMCA to take senior aqua fitness, or try out a Silver Sneakers class.
If you’re a performer at heart, there are no shortage of groups and troupes in the area to let you showcase your talents. Singers can look for local community or church-based choirs like the senior choir at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church. The group performs weekly at services and throughout the community at events. If dancing the night away is more your speed check out the St. Louis Strutter. The tap dancing group does more than 85 performances annually and auditions new members each year. If you’re interested in theater, you can check out a performance at Act Two Theater in nearby St. Peters. They offer senior nights with discounted pricing for their most popular shows.
Meeting new friends is easy with all the weekly activities you’re doing, but sometimes it’s also convenient to attend a local interest-based Meetup group to find people with your same interests in your area. There are a variety to choose from in St. Louis with interests ranging from travel to essential oils, singles and dating to holistic health, and everything in between.
There’s no better time to cross destinations off your travel list than in retirement. Locally, Sunrise Tours works with seniors in the greater St. Louis area to plan exciting trips to national destinations like Florida and California. If you’re looking for a small-group active adventure on an international scale, check out services like Elder Treks or Row Adventures to visit the Mediterranean, the Orient, or Europe on a vacation that is a combination of fitness and fun. Single ladies traveling alone can contact Women Traveling Together to join a group of like-minded women on a local or international trip that is as safe as it is exciting.
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