Our retirement community, like most over-55 developments, has a large number of clubs and organizations for the benefit of the residents. There seems to be something for everyone ... bridge, golf, tennis, writing, paddleboard, swimming, fishing and dancing clubs. About five years ago, a group of the first Baby Boomers to move into our community started their own club, too, and since its inception it has been a big hit.
Activities of the Baby Boomers Club
The Baby Boomers Club is not one of those organizations where everyone gets together to chat, eat snacks, have political discussions or quilt. It fact, it is one of the more physically active groups in the community. All of their gatherings are major social events and are well-attended by both men and women. Some of the recent activities they have hosted or co-hosted with other clubs are:
Regular Saturday night dances featuring music from the 60's, 70's and 80's.
A Woodstock Festival at one of our clubhouse parking lots
Trips to area attractions, concerts, casinos, etc.
Benefits of a Baby Boomers Club
After retirement, many people feel cut off from the work connections they made over the years. Joining a club is one way to make friends and form new connections. It is also a way to celebrate life and return to those activities and hobbies that you loved when you were young.
While you may also benefit from taking an art class, bridge lessons, or getting more exercise, joining a group of your peers who enjoy the same music, the same dance styles, and who have similar interests is one way to enjoy reliving your memories and celebrating the life you have lived.
The relaxed, friendly socialization has also had an additional benefit for some members. A number of couples in our community have met and begun dating as the result of having attended one of the events held by the Baby Boomers Club and other organizations.
If your current retirement community has not already started a Baby Boomers club, this may be a good time to start one yourself. Baby Boomers are turning 65 at the rate of 10,000 to 11,000 a month. Many of these new retirees are choosing to move into over-55 communities that have a wide assortment of amenities. Now is the time for your community to begin welcoming your peers as they move in, and to help them feel they have found the right home!
If you are planning to retire soon, you may also be interested in looking through the links in the index articles below.
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