with breathtaking views. All provide the
perfect setting for an active lifestyle.
RECREATION AND MORE
Those who choose to retire here will find
an abundance of recreational activities –
from hiking and biking to boating, hunting, fishing, among other activities. Golf
is big here, too – with more than 100
courses in the metro Denver. The area
also has one of the nation’s largest park
Take the time to enjoy the many cultural
arts options here, including world-class
opera, ballet, symphony and theater.
Admirers of visual arts will find museums
across the region, including one of the
largest art museums in the nation, a
popular family attraction that showcase
dinosaur fossils, a museum of Buffalo Bill
memorabilia, those with early Colorado
artifacts, and much more. For more
information, refer to the Leisure section of
this publication for a snapshot of popular
metro Denver activities, including sports,
arts and culture.
Whether you prefer to live in the thick of
activity in metro Denver, or if you’d rather
settle into a small community in the metro
Denver area and take advantage of nearby
city amenities, there are plenty of opportunities to be social and stay active.
ACTIVE COMMUNITIES FOR ALL
The diversity and active lifestyle of metro
Denver’s older adult population is reflected
in the many types of senior living communities located across the region, including
active adult communities; independent
living communities; retirement homes; and
continuing care retirement facilities.
With the baby boomers hitting retirement
age and more people retiring in their
early 50s, active adult communities
have only increased in popularity. These
communities are usually traditional neighborhoods with homes beginning in the
With golf courses, community centers,
fitness facilities, nearby churches, shopping,
health care facilities and entertainment,
there’s no shortage of things to do. Most
of these communities do not accept
children, and one of the adults living in
the house must be 50 or older.
Whether you are approaching 50 or about
to hit 90, metro Denver has plenty of active
adult housing to choose from, no matter
what your lifestyle needs. Ask your real
estate agent for more information about
housing that’s specific to your needs.
TRAVEL, FITNESS AND
FUN IN METRO DENVER
There are lots of opportunities for travel,
fitness and fun throughout the metro
Denver area, whether you’re in the city or
living in one of the areas charming and
popular mountain communities. For
example, Denver’s Outdoor Recreation
department offers a Rocky Mountain
Ramblers program for active adults and
seniors who enjoy hiking in the high country
and foothills of the Rockies.
You’ll get the opportunity to trek through
the Mesa Cortina Trail in Silverthorne, or
visit the Deer Mountain Summit in Rocky
Mountain National Park with professionally
trained staff. Transportation is provided
for all outdoor activities, and trips are
planned throughout the year, including a
soak in Hot Sulphur Springs in the fall.
Planning outings on your own is simple with
Denver’s many parks and recreational
facilities. Try jogging or hiking on one of
Denver’s many trails; fishing at the city park
lakes; or camping at the Chief Hosa Lodge
and Campground in Genesee Park.
Many metro area cities also have senior
community centers that offer a wide range
of activities. For example, the senior
community centers in Lakewood and
Westminster offer fitness, dancing and
competitive sports programs, as well as
art and computer classes for fun at a more
leisurely pace. In addition, area community
centers have specialty classes that cover
several different topics. You can expand
your knowledge on finance and real
estate, learn a new language, or find out
how to travel on a budget. There are also
many health and wellness seminars,
clinics and classes, and many offer health
screenings and host special speakers.
In addition to sports programs and arts
and crafts classes, the City of Aurora has
an active senior center that offers numerous fitness classes such as pilates, yoga
and Tai Chi. Day trips are planned
throughout the year to music halls, museums, shopping centers and area festivals.
Outdoor excursions include visits to the
Golden Gate Canyon State Park, Old
Arvada, and Buckley Air Force Base.
Special trips range from three-day weekend jaunts to 10-day trips across Italy,
and groups include bridge, a nonfiction
book club, gardening, and a film club.
To learn more about other metro area
activities and attractions, visit the Leisure
section for Recreation, Spectator Sports, Arts
and Culture, Attractions, and Annual Events,
and the Shopping and Dining section for
great restaurants and a guide to local shopping destinations. Interested in helping
others? Explore the Volunteer Opportunities
section, where you’ll find a wealth of resources.
American Association of
Education, resources and various community
Association for Senior Citizens
Resource for information on senior programs, as well as a food bank, medical
equipment, and financial assistance.