Scottsdale is full of opportunities for local seniors to socialize, exercise, and grow as a person. The city’s Senior Centers, educational institutions, and other organizations help older adults to stay active and engaged within their community by offering a variety of senior programs that promote healthy aging.
If you’re looking for fun, look no further than Granite Reef Senior Center and Via Linda Senior Center. Seniors can drop by to attend social dances and karaoke nights, play Wii bowling, best friends at cards and board games, or try their hand at table tennis and billiards. Both centers also host seasonal luncheons, weekly movie nights and special events. To see what’s going on soon near you, check out the quarterly Scottsdale Senior Services Newsletter.
Valley of the Sun Jewish Community Center also offers recreational and social programs for seniors. Mah Jongg and bridge games are available for players of every skill level, while monthly Let’s Get Together programs give seniors the chance to chat, enjoy fine food, appreciate art, and more.
The Scottsdale Parks and Recreation Department offers a wide variety of classes for older adults, from language lessons to computer literacy courses. Arts and crafts class offerings are also available, including ceramics, photography, drawing, and painting, sewing, and more. Many of these classes are offered through Scottsdale’s two Senior Centers.
The Arizona State University Osher Lifelong Learning Institute partners with Maravilla, an adult living community in Northern Scottsdale, to bring local seniors a variety of university level lectures and course offerings. Classes are open to all individuals over the age of 50, regardless of educational background.
No matter what the season, the Scottsdale Parks and Recreation Department has you covered when it comes to fitness. You can find exercise classes ranging from high impact aerobics to senior tap offered at your local Senior Center. For a small fee, you can also access fitness equipment at both of Scottsdale’s Senior Centers. Community Centers located around the city are home to basketball courts, soccer fields, pools, and other sports facilities.
Scottsdale seniors can also find specialized exercise programs for older adults at Valley of the Sun Jewish Community Center. Chair Yoga, Gentle Yoga, and Seniorcise are all designed to help build strength and flexibility in seniors over 70. Valley of the Sun members can also play in group sports leagues, including pickleball and racquetball programs.
For over a decade, the annual Scottsdale Senior Services' Entertainment Extravaganza has allowed local seniors to show off their unique skills and talents on stage. The show is held each spring at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts and is open to seniors over 50. Sign up to perform or drop by to see singing, dancing, magic, and comedy acts.
Scottsdale seniors can meet new friends by joining a variety of support and discussion groups hosted by Scottsdale’s Senior Centers. Crafting groups, book clubs, and the Silver Screeners film club also give seniors the chance to connect with other older adults who share similar interests. If you can’t make it to your local Senior Center, online Meetup groups are a convenient way for men, women, couples and singles to forge new friendships.
When you want to get out of the city and explore new sights, day trips and trolley tours offered by Scottsdale’s Senior Centers may not be exotic enough. Luckily, travel groups throughout Scottsdale welcome senior adventurers with open arms. The Arizona Travel Club Global accepts singles, couples, and seniors on trips and cruises, while Scottsdale Travel Upscale Vacation Getaways offers packages for those who like to travel in style.
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