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Staying Active During the Winter Months

By: Jo-Ann Thibault

Oh, what to do, what to do?  For active retirees and seniors, unless you are a snow bunny, keeping busy and socially active during the cold winter months can appear to be a bit of a challenge. For some, it could also be a depressing time of year.  It doesn’t have to be. 

Here are some suggestions for staying lively and feeling good during this time of year.

Where to go:

Check out your local Senior Center or Council on Aging (COA).  Call them or visit their website and find out what they have going on for activities.  Many offer group travel trips as well.

The Library!  Many libraries offer a number of programs and events throughout the year.  Concerts, art exhibits, lectures, etc. 

Community Colleges or State Colleges/Universities:   Many colleges and universities offer free programs to individuals 65 and over!  Not only non-credit courses, but credit courses as well!

Craft stores often offer short-term classes as well.  Your local COA or Chamber of Commerce would be able to point you in the right direction.

 

What to do: 

Oh, the endless possibilities, depending on your interests!  Here are some suggestions to pass the time during these cold months:

  • Photography
  • Learn a new language
  • Pottery classes
  • Art and Painting
  • Quilting, knitting, sewing
  • Scrapbooking
  • Dancing; square-dance, line-dance, ball-room, hip-hop!
  • Computer and Internet classes – keep updated with family and friends and enjoy virtual travel, online games and more.

GROUP ACTIVITIES:  Life is more enjoyable when you have someone to share it with.

  • A Book Club – books are available in audio and large print. Share your thoughts.
  • Game Night – Pick a favorite for each week!
  • Craft Club – Choose something to make or build!
  • Travel Group – Collectively hire a bus or carpool to attractions, restaurants, museums, and more. Also, there are many travel companies that cater exclusively to group tours. 
  • Exercise Group – Check out your local YMCA or fitness club for a schedule of classes specific to seniors. 
  • Volunteering – Help out community organizations, or national organizations. For ideas, search “charities” online or ask your local church, or community organization. 

Get out there and socialize.  It is so important for all of us, no matter our age!  If you have transportation concerns, contact your local senior center for free shuttle services.   

I hope these suggestions help and got you thinking of what you can do to stay “spry” this winter season!

By: Jo-Ann Thibault