As you age, it’s important to challenge yourself both mentally and physically on a daily basis. Game nights, exercise classes, educational initiatives and more help Tempe seniors to keep fit and stay sharp throughout their golden years.
Tempe is home to a number of community and recreation centers, four of which offer specialized programming for adults over 50. Seniors can visit Pyle Adult Recreation Center for Weekly Wednesday Bingo and other games such as Mah Jongg, Bridge, Pinochle, Scrabble, and Ping Pong. Pyle also offers Wii tournaments on Tuesdays and free movie matinees every Tuesday and Friday. North Tempe Multi-Generational Center, Cahill Senior Center, and Escalante Community Center also offer senior recreational programs.
If you’re looking to pick up a new hobby, Tempe’s recreation centers offer drawing and painting classes that help budding artists to improve their skills. Some recreation centers also host sewing, painting, writing, and other creative workshops. Computer classes offered through recreation centers and the Tempe Public Library teach seniors the skills that they need to science, health, and communication in today’s tech-centric society.
Seniors who are looking for college-level education can find a variety of advanced course offerings for mature adults at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Arizona State University. Non-credit classes at Tempe Connections and the Friendship Village Tempe campus are open to all adults over the age of 50. Prospective students can enroll in lecture-based courses that cover natural groups, workshops, and wellness, financial planning, the arts, and much more. The Rio Salado University RISE Learning for Life program also offers discussion groups, workshops, and lectures presented by local experts.
Recreation centers around Tempe offer fully equipped gymnasiums and fitness centers that are open to the public. Escalante Community Center is also home to pickleball courts and a women’s basketball league. Seniors can attend a variety of groups fitness classes hosted at Pyle Adult Center, from chair yoga to Zumba, while Medicare beneficiaries can find SilverSneakers offerings at North Tempe Multi-Generational Center.
The Kiwanis Recreation Center is home to a number of amenities that help Tempe locals to get their blood pumping. Challenge your friends to a game of tennis on one of the center’s 15 tennis courts, practice your swing at the Kiwanis Batting Range, or swim laps in the center’s heated pool.
When you’ve been bitten by the performance bug, there are a number of ways that you can showcase your skills as a Tempe senior. The Looney Tuners Kitchen Band, hosted by Pyle Adult Center, welcomes musicians of all skill levels to think outside the box and play songs using common kitchen tools. Pyle’s Senior Songbirds gives singers the chance to perform live in front of community centers, nursing homes and assisted living centers across Tempe. Mature singers can also join the Tempe Community Chorus, which welcomes participants of all ages.
You can meet other seniors in your area by joining your nearest community or recreation center for special events and social gatherings, or you can find like-minded friends by joining a local Meetup group. Connect with professionals in your field, fellow hobbyists, or even a Friday night date through Meetup groups for Tempe adults over 50.
Whether you’re looking to relax on a cruise, sightsee abroad or pamper yourself at a tropical resort, travel groups across Tempe can help to make your dreams a reality. The Phoenix International Travel Meetup plans two action-packed overseas adventures each year, while the Arizona Travel Club welcomes couples and singles of all ages to join in short weekend getaways and longer international vacations.
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