Retired, Not Tired

By Tia Keene

Columbia is filled with activities for those in their golden years

Columbia is a beautiful city that has many mid-Missouri retirees flocking to the area in droves. Columbia’s atmosphere can be a persuasive reason to retire here, but if you need another motive, consider the plentiful shopping and dining opportunities as well as the ample recreational prospects. With several golf courses, local artisan shops and galleries and more than 100 restaurants to choose from, Columbia is a wonderful place to retire. Most importantly, Columbia offers retirees economical living and accessible health care, in addition to a safe living environment.

The best way to get to know Columbia is by getting involved in local organizations and recreational activities. Some of the greatest draws to the Columbia area are the universities. Columbia is known as College Town, and it is the home of many avid MU Tigers fans. There are countless activities hosted by the University of Missouri, including athletic events, art exhibitions and public festivals.

These festivals have volunteer positions that can often score you free access to the festival after you’ve done your part. You can explore volunteer options by working with the local Chamber of Commerce or visiting the city website.

The best way to explore all that Columbia has to offer its retired citizens is through the city’s 50+ Program. Visit como.gov and type “Senior” into the search bar to find the program page. We’ve highlighted some of the most exciting programs below.

The Columbia Area Senior Center is an activity center run by Boone County Senior Services. Here, you can enjoy a meal in the dining room, have a jam session, exercise and play games. You can even participate in woodcarving, line-dancing, card games and educational seminars. The Columbia Area Senior Center brings the senior community together with fun and entertainment. Find more information at columbiaseniorcenter.com or 573-874-2050.

Older Americans Klub is a national organization for seniors to share common interests and enjoy retirement together. The Klub hosts events every month for individuals 50 years and older, including dances and jam sessions, arts and crafts events, instructional classes, group travel and social activities. Most activities are free. Call 573-874-7475 for more information.

50+ Tours offers travel opportunities for active individuals over the age of 50. Trips take place by motor coach or by plane and focus on quality accommodations, comfortable pacing and security. 2017 trips will include the Pompeii Exhibit at Kansas City Union Station and a historical tour of Hermann, Missouri. Call Debbie Reschly at 573-441-5525 to get involved.

Osher@Mizzou provides classes and workshops to stimulate minds and develop friendships among people 50 and older in central Missouri. Classes are relaxed and informal — just for the sheer joy of learning. The program shares knowledge, sparks ideas, inspires new thinking and forges friendships. Join people who are getting better — not older! Visit extension.missouri.edu/learnforlife online to get started.

Whatever your interests may be, Columbia offers a fine mix of culture, history and entertainment to help you build a vibrant, fulfilling retirement

COLUMBIA NEWCOMERS AND NEIGHBORS CLUB

Offers opportunity to become acquainted with others in the community, both new residents and those who have lived here for years. An atmosphere of friendliness, good will and helpful information is a priority. Members have various backgrounds, experiences and skills — everyone is welcome. Organizes a variety of activities, monthly special interest groups and volunteer opportunities throughout the year. The Columbia Newcomers Club is nonpartisan, non-sectarian and does not sponsor legislative activities. newcomers.columbia. missouri.org