Retirement isn’t all about adjusting to a slower pace of life, it’s a chance to spend time enjoying your favourites activities or taking up new ones. North Carolina’s famous Research Triangle area offers plenty of activities for seniors, especially as the cities of Raleigh and Durham are becoming popular retirement destinations. You’re sure to find an event, club or hobby that’s the perfect fit for you.
Here’s just a few of the ways you can make the most of active senior living in Raleigh NC and the surrounding areas:
Founded in 1983 as a way for 50+ North Carolinians to stay fit and active with friends, the North Carolina Senior Games sees thousands of participants take part each year. Every spring, retirees can take part in a Local Seniors Games, in events such as athletics, swimming, golf and tennis. For those wanting to show off their creative side, the SilverArts section of the Games – “a celebration of the creative expression of seniors in North Carolina” runs literary, cheerleading, visual, and heritage art competitions. During fall, Raleigh plays host to qualifiers from these Local Games at the NC Senior Games State Finals, so there’s plenty of opportunity to get involved and bring out your competitive side.
Discover a New Hobby
Being active doesn’t just have to mean being sporty. In nearby Apex, the Halle Cultural Arts Centre hosts a range of different activity clubs especially for seniors with an emphasis on creating a welcoming socialising environment. If you’d like to give you brain a workout, the Mah Jongg class (a Chinese tile game) is a fantastic intellectual challenge. There’s also the Open Art Club for all levels of artistic experience, as well as the Senior Readers Theatre if you fancy learning to tread the boards like a pro.
Go on an Adventure
If you’d like to get out and explore the Triangle Area or travel a little further afield, the Raleigh Parks and Recreation department runs a number of Senior Outdoor Adventure Recreation trips throughout the year. Get to know new friends whilst exploring all the sights that Raleigh and Durham have to offer. There’s also wine tastings tours, theatre visits or trips to scenic locations like Lake Mattamuskeet, the largest lake in North Carolina (pictured above).
Find Your Inner Peace
Not only is Yoga the perfect way to relax and unwind the mind, it’s also a great leisurely pursuit for encouraging wellness at any age. The Blue Yoga Centre in Durham offers five Yoga Over 50 classes a week, where instructors cover basic yoga poses tailored to their students individual balance and strength levels. The flexibility and strength that comes from learning yoga works wonders for maintaining healthy joints and bones.
Not only is the Research Triangle full of ways to keep active, our newest 55+ community in North Carolina, Creekside at Beth, offers state-of-the-art facilities for those who want enjoy their retirement to the full. Situated between Raleigh and Durham, residents can enjoy a 15,000 square-foot clubhouse featuring games rooms, a fitness centre, tennis courts and a pool – right on their doorstep! So if active senior living in the Raleigh NC area sounds right up your street, consider AV Homes.