Clubs for Seniors: Finding Community and Connection

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As our family members age, finding ways to maintain their social connection and sense of purpose becomes increasingly important. 

Senior clubs offer a vibrant solution, providing opportunities for friendship, stimulating activities, and a renewed sense of belonging. Here’s your guide to understanding the benefits of senior clubs — and how 12 Oaks can support your parents in finding the perfect community.

Ward Off Boredom With 7 Hobby Clubs for Seniors

Clubs for Seniors

Book Clubs

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If your mom or dad has always loved a great book, a book club could be the perfect way to reignite their passion for reading.

Imagine them connecting with others who share their love of literature, discussing intriguing characters and plots, and maybe even discovering new favorite authors. Not only is it a fun way to stay mentally engaged, but it also creates a wonderful sense of community.

And remember, there are ways to expand their literary horizons even further.  There are many fantastic online book clubs or they might enjoy exploring audiobooks.  Who knows, they might just find their new favorite way to experience stories!

Writing Clubs

We all know how important it is for seniors to keep their minds active and engaged.  Did you know that writing can be a wonderful tool, not just for preserving memories, but for boosting their overall well-being?

Whether it’s jotting down thoughts in a journal, working on a poem, or writing letters to old friends, studies have shown that putting pen to paper can have incredible benefits.

If they enjoy expressing themselves through the written word, encourage them to explore their creativity. Maybe there’s a story they’ve always wanted to share, or they’d enjoy the connection of a writing group. Sharing their writing with others can be incredibly fulfilling and offer a unique opportunity to bond over shared experiences.

Photography Clubs

Sometimes, the best way to capture those special moments is through the lens of a camera. If a parent has a creative eye, photography could be a wonderful new hobby.

It’s a great way to get outdoors, stay active, and find fresh inspiration in the world around them. Don’t worry if they’re not a seasoned photographer – the joy is in the journey of learning something new!

A photography group could become their creative family! They’d find a supportive environment to share work, receive feedback, and build friendships centered around a shared love of the art form.

Travel Clubs

Retirement means freedom, and we know so many seniors yearn to explore the world around them! Whether it’s a day trip to a nearby town, a weekend getaway to a cozy bed & breakfast, or that big bucket-list adventure, travel opens up a world of possibility.  It’s a chance to learn, be inspired, and create memories that last a lifetime.

Sometimes, the best adventures begin closer to home.  With 12 Oaks’ Planned Social Programs and Scheduled Transportation, your elder family members can easily discover exciting destinations, savor new restaurants, or simply enjoy a scenic drive.  And if they’re dreaming of faraway places, a travel group might be the perfect way to connect with others who share their wanderlust.

Art Clubs

Art is more than just a pastime.

For seniors, painting can be incredibly enriching – it might boost their memory, keep their mind active, and even improve their hand-eye coordination.  Best of all, it’s a wonderful way to channel their creative energy and find joy in the process.

Sharing their creations with others can be just as fulfilling.  You might be surprised how much they’d enjoy learning alongside a group of fellow artists.  Who knows what beautiful pieces they might create – and the friendships they could form along the way. Plus, we offer a variety of art and creative expression classes right here at 12 Oaks, making it easy for them to explore their artistic side!

Golf Clubs

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Golf is a great way to stay active and enjoy the fresh air!  The gentle exercise of walking the course, the focus it takes to perfect their swing – it can be both invigorating and mentally stimulating for seniors. Best of all, it’s a wonderful way to connect with others who share their love for the game.

There’s no need to rush into it. A gentle pace, some warm-ups, and listening to their body will help them have the best experience.  Who knows, they might just discover a new passion and a whole new group of friends on the green.

Garden Clubs

There’s something special about the feeling of nurturing plants and watching them grow.  For seniors, gardening can be a source of joy, tranquility, and even better health. Gardening is a wonderful way to connect with nature and experience the satisfaction of seeing their hard work bloom.

The benefits go deeper than just the beautiful results. Getting their hands in the soil, enjoying the fresh air… gardening can be both calming and revitalizing.

Fitness Clubs

Staying fit is important at any age, and seniors have so many fun options!  Fitness clubs designed with seniors in mind offer a welcoming space to build strength, improve flexibility, and boost overall well-being.

Gentle exercise classes, guided stretching exercises for seniors, and even the buoyancy of swimming for seniors can make workouts effective and enjoyable.   Best of all, fitness clubs are a great way to connect with others.

Right here at 12 Oaks, we offer senior-friendly exercise classes designed to help our residents stay active and energized.

Benefits of Joining a Senior Club

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Combatting Loneliness

We know how difficult it can be to see a parent living alone.  Clubs and groups provide a lifeline – a chance to connect with others who share similar interests or life experiences. A joint interest club helps them find joy in conversation, make new friends, and feel that sense of belonging that’s so important as we age.

Rediscovering Passions, Finding New Purpose

Sometimes, the spark of a past hobby just needs a little rekindling.

Clubs are a wonderful way to try something familiar or explore something completely new.  They offer a chance to tap into that creative energy and learn alongside others, which can be incredibly fulfilling.

Keeping the Mind Sharp

Staying mentally engaged is vital to healthy aging!

Clubs offer a wealth of stimulating activities – think lively book discussions, fascinating learning groups, even the fun of games and puzzles.  Wouldn’t it be wonderful to see your beloved family member enjoying the challenge of a new topic and the spark of lively conversations with newfound friends?

The Joy of Giving Back

So many seniors have a deep desire to make a difference.  Clubs often participate in community projects, volunteer opportunities, or special events.  This allows your parent to connect with others around a shared cause, experience the joy of contributing, and see the positive impact they have on their community.

Discover a Vibrant Community at 12 Oaks

At 12 Oaks, we offer a wide range of clubs, activities, and social groups designed to enrich the lives of our residents.  From book clubs and fitness classes to spiritual gatherings and opportunities to give back, everyone can find their niche and feel a true sense of belonging.

Our philosophy is centered around the 5 F’s – Fellowship, Food, Faith, Fun, and Family.  We foster a warm and supportive environment where deep connections are formed.  And because we know that needs can change over time, we offer a range of care levels within our senior living communities.  This ensures your loved one will always receive the personalized support they deserve.

If you have questions about how to find the best club for your senior family member or any topics discussed here, connect with us and learn more. 

At 12 Oaks, our team of caring professionals is dedicated to keeping residents safe, engaged, and connected to their families and friends while leading fulfilling lives. 12 Oaks senior living communities are an ideal place to enjoy the encore season of life.

For questions or to schedule a personalized tour, don’t hesitate to contact us. 


Searching for senior living help? At 12 Oaks Senior Living, we would love to learn more about your unique needs and the opportunity we may have to help you meet them. Our blog is one of the valuable resources we provide to inform and encourage seniors to lead fulfilling and thriving lives. Contact us today to schedule a visit.

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