Groups for Active Seniors in San Franciscoadmin
In San Francisco, you don’t have to be young to lead a fit, fun, and social lifestyle. In fact, it’s especially important to stay active as you age, and your emotions need just as much as attention as your mind and body. Luckily for you, the Bay Area is full of people who know how to make the most of their retirement years, and you’re welcome to join them! If you’re older than 54, consider attending the following meetups and weekly activities:
Bay Area Seniors Rock!
The Bay Area Seniors Rock meetup group isn’t limited to any particular demographic, other than San Franciscans older than 50. However, most of the 115 “cool seniors” who actually attend its events are women, so it’s especially appealing for ladies who don’t have any local girlfriends to meet for lunch or invite to a movie. With hundreds of successful past events and more than a dozen upcoming, it’s a very active group of laid back, yet adventurous, older people who aren’t ready to lead a sedentary life just yet (if ever!).
One member recalled the “spectacular” scenery and “delightful ” dinner that made a challenging group hike more than worthwhile. Other activities include walks, concerts, restaurant outings, movies and game nights. If you sign up for the online meetups, the group will also keep you posted about free local events, such as museum exhibits and farmer’s markets.
If you spend too much time cooped up inside because you don’t know where to go — or if you’re interested in local events, but you don’t want to attend them alone — you should definitely think about joining this rocking group.
Life After 50
True to the California lifestyle, Life After 50 is a meetup group that embraces life and peace. At least once a month, the group holds a potluck dinner that’s also an open discussion about an issue that affects its members directly. Recent panel and group discussions have explored health care tips, living and traveling on a fixed income, and aging in the African American community. If you’re struggling with the prospect of getting older, this group is a great way to meet people who can relate, but it’s also a reminder to focus on the positive and learn how to adapt.
Co-organizer David Glover, a comedian and writer, recently treated members to a one-man comedy show about aging. The group’s other leader, Raines Cohen, is an author and community leader who believes that people should have enough support to age within their communities, rather than spending their last years alone or surrounded exclusively by other older people. If you want to maximize your later years and stay immersed in the Bay Area’s culture and community, these two men are eager to share their wisdom with you.
Almost 90 people belong to the Oakland Social Meetup, a relatively new social group with active online discussions and two in-person meetings each month. At least a dozen members attend these events, called “Senior Voices”, which take place at Berkeley’s Café Leila. Each meeting explores a different general topic, such as happiness or coping mechanisms, and the conversations are moderated but organic. Most attendees are San Francisco transplants who have family in the area, but haven’t lived here long enough to meet peers their own age.
The goal of this group is to give seniors a place to express themselves, support each other and exchange their diverse perspectives, but as it evolves friendships bud and socialization gets easier. Café Leila is the perfect setting for the group’s stimulating discussions, which often continue long after the meeting is formally over because of its delicious teas and coffees as well as its sprawling, relaxing garden patio. In the interest of hearing all senior voices, organizers take everyone’s feedback into account when they plan upcoming conversations.
Classes and Clubs
Meetups aren’t your only opportunity to meet new people and try new things in the bay area. San Francisco’s Recreation & Parks department has a whole program devoted to keeping you healthy, social, and active. Citywide Senior Services (CSS) offers weekly activities in three public pools and 13 rec centers throughout the city. Play bingo, join a social club, exercise in the pool, or take a class to stay active. Choose from old favorites like tap and ballroom dancing, tone your muscles with low-impact Qi Jong or Shape Up Seniors, or get multicultural with Zumba, Cantonese line dancing, or Argentine tango. There’s no shortage of fun ways to burn calories!
Don’t wait any longer to enrich your life. Pick a group or event, get involved, and see how it goes! As you form new friendships and become more engaged with your community, you just might pick up some new skills and interests along the way.