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St. Louis Helps Keep Retirees Active and Healthy

St. Louis' amenities and big-city vibe make it a great place to retire for today's retirees.

By Lisa Battles on November 13, 2014

Photo: St. Louis CVC

Life in St. Louis is far from retiring, which is a large part of what makes it a best place for today’s generation of aging adults who don’t equate aging with slowing down. This mid-sized city with a big-city feel packs plenty of things to do when it comes to entertainment, sports, parks and dining, eliminating any concerns about retiring from work should mean retiring from life. Many of the city’s top attractions, such as the Missouri Botanical Garden and the museums at the popular Forest Park, are low- to no-cost, making entertainment affordable on individual fixed incomes, even when the grandchildren come to visit.

The city’s arts and culture scene thrives, giving both established arts patrons and those who have finally found the time to broaden their creative horizons access to world-class performances, such as those by the St. Louis Symphony – the nation’s second-oldest symphony. For those celebrating more free time to follow sports, St. Louis has a three major league teams always welcoming new fans, whether the preference is for football, hockey, baseball or all three.

Besides plenty of athletes to root for, St. Louis also offers seniors many opportunities to stay physically active themselves, from a large parks system, walkable downtown and neighborhoods. The YMCA of Greater St. Louis offers fitness programs and classes geared specifically to seniors, and several independent personal trainers gear services to older adults, too.

Also helping seniors stay healthy in order to keep enjoying all of this activity throughout retirement, St. Louis’s health-care institutions include dozens of hospitals throughout the metro area, plus several specialists.

Meanwhile, for those who have formally retired from their profession yet still seek educational opportunities or specialized training for post-retirement work in other fields, St. Louis Community College offers continuing education courses and programs, including a Plus Fifty Degree Completion Assistance program that helps adults earn credit for past education and work experience to complete degrees or earn new certifications.

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