Playing Games in Retirement

When we are young we love to play games don’t we.  Any kind of games from ones we have made up to more formal ones.

Then as we get older and more serious we stop playing games in lieu of more serious stuff.

But in retirement, I have found that myself and other retirees love to play games!  I started playing bocce ball at our senior center and had a great time, playing as much as three days a week.  It was just fun!

Then I started race walking and enjoy the competition of racing again.  I never thought I would be in a race again!  It is exhilarating.

Card games and table games are extremely popular with retirees, so it doesn’t have to be all about sports.  Rather than watching the Wheel of Forturne or Jeopardy on TV, more and more retirees are playing games themselves. There is so much to choose from.

Playing games keeps your mind active, makes you more creative, is great for social life and can add to your physical fitness.

Where can you find games to play with others?  I would recommend getting started where I did and that is to find your local senior center and go visit. Ask for their activity schedule and just go and take part.  Don’t worry, someone is there to show you how to play and they would love to have you join.  It is free also.

Moving to a senior community or especially an active adult community is a wonderful opportunity to play games.  They have the facilities like a club house and the ball fields on which to play games like softball, pickleball, bocce, tennis, horse shoes and more. Plus the residents are looking for new friends to play these games with and would love to have you join them.

There are other organizations that I discovered that provide great venues for getting involved in senior games. I attended The National Senior Games in Minnesota last year and saw people over age 50 compete in everything from track and field, basketball, pickleball, archery, and many more.  They have a state senior game in every state and local meets too.  Find your state senior games here.

The USA Track and Field has a Master division for athletes over age 30 up to over 100!  I just returned from the USATF Masters Indoor Championship in Albuquerque NM and saw a 98 year old man set a national record for his age group.

USATF’s Masters programs offer a variety of competition and fitness opportunities in track & field, long distance running, and race walking. Competitions generally take place in 5-year age divisions. Age divisions begin at age 30 for track & field and race walking, and at age 40 for long distance running.

So if you want to have fun again playing games, do a little exploring of these resources and you will be very glad you did!

AARP Predictions for 2016 Travel Trends

As travel continues to be the number one retirement activity that people look forward to, AARP is unveiling some of the popular travel trends for 2016 that I want to share.

In retirement we now have the time to travel! Let’s travel while we can.We are heading to Albuquerque in two weeks for our first 2016 trip and have several trips we are planning for.  Now is the time to plan for 2016 travel.  -Robert

Key Highlights of AARP Predictions for 2016 Travel Trends:

2016 will bring a travel boom for Boomers:

  • 99% of survey respondents said they are planning to travel in 2016
  • One in 10 said they booked their trip by September 2015, leaving opportunity to provide guidance on things to do, places to eat and other activities they can do once they arrive at their destination


Cost isn’t a factor:

  • 55% of survey respondents said cost was not a factor when planning their vacation. This is a sharp contrast to Millennials and Gen Xers, more than half of those respondents said cost was a barrier for leisure travel.
  • Baby Boomers control 70% of the nation’s disposable income, so in 2016 they plan to use this income to treat themselves to fun leisure trips. Survey respondents said the reason for these trips is to spend time with family and friends, relax and get away from normal everyday life.
  • However, 50+ survey respondents said they are still interested in getting great deals as they book their travel and want to get the most out of their dollars


Types of trips the 50+ will be embarking on in 2016:

  • Domestic: 95% said they will travel domestically this summer. These trips primarily include summer vacations, multi-generational trips and weekend getaways. Popular domestic destinations will be to places like Florida, Las Vegas, California, New York and Hawaii.
  • International: 32% said they will be embarking on an international once in a lifetime trip. International trips will be especially popular in the spring, with 29% travelling to other countries then. Also, England, the Caribbean and Mexico will be the top international destinations for these travelers.
  • Extended Family Trips: 26% of travelers 50+ will take at least one multi-generational domestic trip in 2016. While this is still a high percentage, it is down from 2015. In 2015 approximately 32% of 50+ travelers took a multi-generational trip.


What 50+ travels are looking for during these trips:

  • 43% of respondents said they must have free Wi-Fi in their hotel and 86% said they must have complimentary Wi-Fi in their vacation rental home.
  • 40% of respondents said they will stay at a hotel or motel. However, Airbnb and VRBO are gaining in popularity, with 9% of respondents saying they will be staying at one of these properties.

For more information visit and to plan y0ur 2016 travel, visit AARP Travel

History of Active Adult Communities in America

Our friends over at AV Homes sent over an interesting graphic titled “History of Active Adult Communities” so I took interest since I just moved into a home in an Active Adult Community.  I am also a student of retirement and have become a big fan of active adult communities.

The graphic speaks for itself.  Don’t think you know Active Adult Communities until you check them out for yourself.  As the graphic says, a new generation of active adult living has arrived.

History of Active Adult Communities
History of Active Adult Communities

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