Getting involved in senior citizen clubs is a great opportunity to learn leadership skills, promote advocacy, socialize, get discounts and trusted information on topics of interest.
Clubs for Seniors
The amount of time or energy spend with a club is up to the individual. The clubs we list in this article are just a few of your options, and you can choose many levels of involvement. See which ones you should become a part of to help enrich your life and give you the services you need as a healthy senior.
AARP is the largest membership organization in United States for the over 50 crowd. This club is a nonprofit, with the mission to "enhance the quality of life for all as we age, lead positive social change and deliver value to members through information, advocacy and service." Some of the benefits of membership include:
- Discounts on a wide array of services and products, including lodging, health and home owner insurance, car rental, and even legal services, to name a few. All providers are endorsed by the AARP organization.
- Publications and access to targeted information for seniors through their magazine, bulletins, TV shows, and radio programs. The trusted name makes this club a great one for seniors.
American Seniors Association
The American Seniors Association is a growing club that offers many great benefits that are similar to AARP. In fact, it has become known nationally as "the conservative alternative to the AARP." Some of the offerings include:
- Members get access to health care, insurance and prescription discounts, travel, and auto services. There is also useful information for the many issues that senior citizens encounter.
National Council on Aging
The National Council on Aging is a nonprofit and advocacy organization with a mission to help improve the lives of older citizens and especially those who are disadvantaged. They do this by providing:
- Help with finding jobs, living independently, staying active, home assistance, conferences, webinars, and other resources for empowerment
Other Senior Citizen Clubs
There are other local and national groups that seniors can join and be a part of by attending meetings and volunteering for leadership positions. Many of these clubs are nationwide, but they will likely have chapters in most cities. Some of these clubs are open to members of all ages.
- Toastmasters International is a public speaking and leadership club with chapters all around the world. Diverse members, ages from young to old, and weekly meetings make this club a winner.
- The Red Hat Society is a popular 50-plus club for ladies to meet together, have fun, and wear elaborate red hats and purple dresses in public.
- Senior Net is a club devoted to helping bring computer technology and knowledge to the 50 plus crowd.
- Seniors Meetup Groups have members around the world who are over 50 and have a common interest.
Membership Participation Is Key
Just like anything you join, make sure to participate in senior citizen clubs when you become a member. Know the benefits, discounts, and support that the organization is going to give you so that you get your time and money's worth. Senior clubs are both a great way to make new friends, get needed resources, and learn about advocacy and leadership.