Retirement isn’t a time for just sitting around being bored. It’s the perfect time to get out there and do the things you love and find new interests. Perhaps you’re excited to learn new things and head back to school, or you’re ready to make your stage debut performing with a local group. Maybe you want to meet new people or catch up with old friends over a game. Or, maybe you just want to relax, take care of your health, and spend time with the ones you love. You can do all these things and more right here in Saint Paul.
Playing cards lets you relax and connect with other seniors your age. You can find a game group at most senior centers. Keystone Community Services offers a variety of card games like cribbage, poker, and bridge as well as games like Scrabble. The Thompson Park Activity Center hosts bingo games on the third Tuesday of each month.
Going to school might seem like it’s for a younger crowd but young at heart seniors know learning new things helps engage their mind and stimulate their brains. You can go back to school at the Hubbs Center. You can take GED courses, math or English courses, or even prepare to re-enter the workforce with their job training. The University of St. Thomas has the Selim Center: Learning for Life program that allows adults 40 and older to take courses and keep learning.
Your health is so important and maintaining a certain fitness level should be one of your goals during retirement. Senior fitness classes can help you work on your strength and balance to help prevent falls as well as avoid chronic illnesses. You can find senior-specific classes at Saint Paul Recreation Center. Keystone Community Center also has fitness classes for older adults.
As a senior, you’ve had a lot of time to hone your skills, and if you’re ready to debut them to the world, you can join a few groups here in Saint Paul. Two Rivers Chorale is a choir made up of adults from Minneapolis and St. Paul and requires an audition to join. You can find even more choirs in the area through the Never Stop Singing project. Dancing is also popular among seniors, and you can find 55 and over classes at the YMCA.
Don’t be fooled into thinking it’s hard to find friends once you retire. Meetups are an easy way to find people in your age group that enjoy similar things. You can also join clubs like the St. Paul Hiking Club to get out and be social while making friends. If you’re more interested in a date, then Senior People Meet is a good place to start.
Senior travel clubs are popular and are a great way to meet people who like to travel and learn about their experiences. Women can join the Minnesota’s Travel Group to find travel companions and AARP members can use the travel center for discounts and deals. If you want to travel but don’t want to plan everything yourself, you can use Travel Leaders. This group has offices all over Minnesota, and they can take care of every travel detail.
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