Senior Living in Denver
Choosing the Best Senior Living Lifestyle
It’s not surprising that there’s never much of a recreational lull in metro Denver – whether you’re young, or simply young at heart. Regardless of age, there is something for everyone – especially active older adults who want to keep up with favorite activities – or try new ones.
Cradled in the scenic foothills of the Rocky Mountains, metro Denver is a cosmopolitan metropolis with a highly acclaimed cultural arts center, championship professional sports teams and a host of attractions for all ages, as well as cozy neighborhoods with small-town atmospheres and mountain communities 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 systems.
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 $200s.
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.