Finding golden opportunities in retirement


The PrimeTimers on their 2015 trip to Washington, DC

Retirement - not exactly what it was 50, 40, 30 or even 20 years ago. The ages may be the same but the attitudes are very different. Baby boomers are living out their goals to never get "old" — they might be chronologically, but their lifestyle selections are much younger than those of their grandparents.

The Northwoods has long been a destination for retirees and thanks to that, there are many organizations and activities that are devoted or supported actively by this age group.

Take the time to check out a few of these options that will enrich the precious free time afforded in this post-employment population.

While many retirees have the financial means to live comfortably, there are many who may need financial or physical help. Check out the Vilas County Commission on Aging or the Oneida County Department of Aging at their website (Vilas County), here (Oneida County), or call at 715-479-3625 (Vilas County) or 715-369-6170 (Oneida County) to learn about the extensive list of help available at little or no cost.

There is a long list of services, including those of a benefit specialist, that will assist in finding healthcare, food and other household expenses or physical assistance. If you are 60 years and older, be sure to check out this valuable resource.

Also in Eagle River, the Kalmar Senior Center is a part of a network of national senior centers across the country.

According to information on the Wisconsin Department of Health Services website, “Senior Centers are a meeting place for adults 55 and older. Centers offer social, educational, and volunteer opportunities. Activities range from card games, hobby and craft workshops, health services, meals, and exercise classes. Centers often organize bus trips to nearby shopping or distant tourist attractions. Classes in computer training are often held, and attendees can learn to browse on the Internet or send e-mail messages to relatives and friends. Many activities are suggested and run by the center participants themselves.”

Staffed locally by volunteers, the Kalmar Center provides lunch for seniors 55 and older on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. The noon lunch costs $5 and reservations are required.

The center also hosts lively Bingo nights every Monday at the Center, beginning at 6:00 p.m., from May through October. To learn more about the services offered by the Center or to make reservations for the lunches,  call 715-479-2633 or 715-479-4877.

Nicolet College in Rhinelander has a senior curriculum taught by local retired and semi-retired instructors covering a myriad of topics such as financial, historical, faith-based and cultural course topics. Classes fill fast so be sure to check this out well in advance. 

In St. Germain, the PrimeTimers is a social group of roughly 300 members, 50 and older, who want a fun and fulfilling active lifestyle.

This group has tons of activities such as trips to the casinos, dinner outings, vacations, theater excursions, day trips and so much more. The annual membership is only $10 a person and meetings are held the first Wednesday of each month at the St. Germain Community Center at 1:30 p.m.

Check out their informative and event-packed Prime-timers website

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