Retirement is an exciting time full of new opportunities to fill your days. While you’ve been celebrating your retirement with close friends and family members, you may also be interested in expanding your social circle to connect with fellow active older adults.
Meeting new people is always a little nerve-wracking, even if you’re the life of the party. Luckily, there’s an easy way to meet others while doing something fun and engaging – joining a social club. There are all kinds of clubs for older adults for you to explore.
The Benefits of Clubs for Older Adults
Clubs help you stay connected, grow your social network, and keep you active, three major factors in better health for older adults. When you’re leading an active lifestyle, you gain the following benefits:
- Increased happiness
- Improved cognition
- Longer life
- Better coping skills
- Decreased risk of heart problems
Spending time doing something you enjoy with people you like enhances your quality of life. Below, we’ve outlined some of our favorite ideas for clubs you could join during this new chapter of your life.
Social Clubs at The Terraces at Bonita Springs
The Terraces at Bonita Springs is a senior living community in Florida that provides all kinds of exciting opportunities for residents to join in all the fun offered at the community and connect with other residents. Take a look at some of our most popular clubs and ways for residents to get involved.
1. Wellness and Sports Clubs
Staying physically active is essential to maintaining your health and wellness. It’s easy to get moving at The Terraces with these amenities:
- Tennis and Bocce Courts – Take some friends to the courts and enjoy some friendly competition!
- Wellness Program – Form a personalized wellness plan to help you reach your health and fitness goals.
- Pool – Go for a swim or take an aquatic aerobics class.
- Putting Green – Perfect your short game on the putting green.
Your wellness reaches beyond physical fitness – it’s important to exercise your mind as well. The Terraces at Bonita Springs hosts lectures for experts to speak about interesting topics. Listen to these lectures to broaden your mind and learn more about fascinating subjects.
3. Card Club
This club is a perfect option if you love to play card games. Join the Card Club to play enjoyable games like bingo, poker, bridge, and more.
For those who love theater, shows, and appreciating arts and culture, you can enjoy it right at your community and go on outings to shows outside of the community.
- Performing Art Center (PAC) – The PAC at The Terraces hosts all kinds of shows for residents to watch. You can also attend wine tastings!.
- Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre – The community organizes trips to Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre in Fort Myers.
5. Shopping Groups
Whether you’re going on an organized trip to go shopping in downtown Bonita Springs, you don’t have to travel far within your community to find a unique shop to browse.
- Pop-Up Boutiques – Residents at The Terraces can enjoy the pop-up boutiques in the community.
National Social Clubs for Older Adults
There are plenty of nation-wide clubs you can join that offer important resources, benefit your health, or appeal to a particular interest. Popular social clubs include the following:
The American Association of Retired Persons is a fantastic organization to join. Not only does it provide you with resources for local activities and continuing education, but you are also eligible for a considerable amount of senior discounts when you use your AARP membership.
SilverSneakers is a health and wellness group for older adults that offers online and local community fitness classes and nutrition tips so that you can look and feel your best. There are classes for all fitness levels and abilities.
8. Audubon Society
Fall in love with nature and avian wildlife through the National Audubon Society. You can learn all about the native birds in your area, including how to identify them, where they nest, and what they sound like. When you join, you can help with conservation and habitat protection with other enthusiastic Audubon members.
9. AmeriCorps Seniors
This large senior organization provides endless volunteering opportunities for you to give back to the community. Available to adults 55 and older, volunteers can help children learn how to read, become a companion to a fellow senior, join the Foster Grandparent program, and more.
AmeriCorps Seniors is all about giving engaged older adults a chance to use their life experiences, skills, and knowledge to help younger generations and make a positive impact in the community.
10. The Red Hat Society
This women’s group focuses on having fun and embracing a zest for life. The Red Hat Society encourages women to continue trying new things, traveling, forming friendships with other members, and making the most of each day. With members all across the globe, you can find true connection and sisterhood through The Red Hat Society.
General Clubs for Older Adults
These general clubs for older adults are easy to find or start if your community hasn’t established one yet. General social clubs provide ways for you to connect with others with a shared interest or activity.
11. Walking Clubs
Walking groups are an easy way to get your steps in and spend quality time with friends. You can decide if you want to walk around in nature, enjoy the garden paths close to you, or visit a nearby city to get a change of scenery and do some exploring.
12. Book Clubs
There’s nothing better than snuggling in for a long read with a good book, but talking about it with others comes close. Gather with other readers to discuss your ideas, opinions, and predictions with the book you’re all reading. You may find a genre or author you have never heard of before or discover your new favorite story.
Lead a Fulfilling Life at The Terraces
Independent living can give you the engaging, active retirement you’ve always wanted. At The Terraces at Bonita Springs, you can live your best maintenance-free life and with all kinds of top-notch services and amenities.
Our Vitality Program is tailor-made to promote your physical and mental well-being. Surround yourself with new friends and plenty of things to do right here at The Terraces. Call us today to schedule a tour and to learn about our Type A LifeCare contract.