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Making the Most of Senior Living in Raleigh & Durham NC

Retirement doesn’t just have to be time to sit back and relax, all that new found time you’ll have means there’s loads of new activities and hobbies you can get involved in. Senior living in Raleigh NC and the surrounding areas has something for everyone: from volunteering to hiking to learning a new skill, you’ll never be lost for things to do in the Triangle area.

Here’s just a few of the ways you can make the most of senior living in Durham and Raleigh NC:

Become A Volunteer

North Carolina Park

One of the most rewarding ways retirees find to spend their time is by taking up some volunteer work. The Raleigh-Durham metro area has plenty of opportunities for getting involved in volunteering. One of these is the Adopt-A-Park scheme, where you can choose a park of your choice in Raleigh to help maintain, and get involved with recreational projects. The GreatNonprofits Raleigh website also has lots of volunteer opportunities to work with people and animals.

Go Back To School

North Carolina Senior Learning

Another great way to take advantage of all that time in retirement is by learning something new. The Triangle area is renowned for its outstanding educational facilities including the University of North Carolina. College for Seniors in nearby Chapel Hill is a program of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI). Courses here range from technology to opera, foreign affairs to Chaucer and everything in between. Members can take part in any course they wish, all of which are non-credit and have no tests of grades.

Take In The Culture

NC Museum of Art

There’ll be plenty of chances to immerse yourself in North Carolina culture, the American dance festival in Durham is one not to be missed. A series of performances and residencies that run for six and a half weeks each year, the festival has even been heralded as “The world’s greatest dance festival” by the New York Post. There’s also the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, which runs for 4 days every spring and screens almost 100 films to you enjoy.

If art is more your thing, the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh is worth a visit. Founded in 1924, the museum is hailed as the premier destination for compelling encounters with art – their sculpture park (pictured above) is particularly popular.

Get Active 


Choose to retire into an active adult community, these specific 55+ retirement communities are not only full of like-minded people, there’s plenty to keep you active and up and about. Creekside at Bethpage, our newest active adult community in North Carolina, is ideally nestled between the pines of Raleigh and Durham and offers lots of things to do. The something square foot clubhouse holds classes, there’s a swimming pool and lots of trails perfect for taking a stroll.

For any other information you might need about making the most of your new found retirement in North Carolina, be sure to visit the Resources for Seniors website for help on issues such as healthcare, legal services and recreational activities.