Senior Resources in Winston-Salem
The city of Winston-Salem, located in the middle of the state, holds the distinction of having two nicknames – the “Twin City” because of its dual-city history (the merging of two towns, Winston and Salem), and “City of the Arts and Innovation” because of its commitment to fine arts and theater. Shaped by the tobacco industry, Winston-Salem is rich in history, community, culture, education, and entrepreneurial spirit. The city is home to vast attractions from historic sites, expansive gardens, contemporary art galleries, vineyards, higher education institutions, public golf courses, and sporting events. With its abundant lifestyle opportunities and attractions, it should come as no surprise that in 2012, Winston-Salem was recognized as one of 10 best places to retire in the U.S. by CBS MoneyWatch.
The temperate climate of North Carolina can most likely be credited for making Winston-Salem a retirement haven for baby boomers and seniors who appreciate an active, outdoor lifestyle. Active, healthy retirees who love life and enjoy being on the go may find an active adult community the best retirement living option. Many 55 and over communities, or adult lifestyle communities, may offer golf, tennis, yoga, swimming pools, hiking and biking trails, exercise rooms, and an array of clubs and hobby or leisure groups. The word “active” denotes independent, so these types of communities typically offer no assistance with daily living activities, such as meals, medication, housekeeping, or personal care. Here is a link to some of the active adult communities in Winston-Salem, including information on Millhaven Landing, Homestead Hills, and The Highlands at Meadowlands, to name a few.
Piedmont Plus Senior Games and SilverArts
Staying active plays an important role in the health and wellness of seniors. Through the Winston-Salem Recreation and Parks Department, seniors can participate in friendly competition and athletics in the Piedmont Plus Senior Games and SilverArts programs. These year-round programs provide seniors a chance to get their game on and their arts and crafts and show the city what they’re made of. Whether participants take part in the physical games or show their talents in the visual and performing arts, all contestants compete for medals. The programs are a fun and healthy way to keep the mind, body, and spirit engaged and strong.
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Senior Services Inc. of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County
For more than 50 years Senior Services, Inc., a non-profit charitable organization, has been operating in Winston-Salem and responding to the needs of the elderly population in Forsyth County. From adult day care, Meals-on-Wheels program, programs for disabled adults, a senior help-line, certified nursing assistant home care, senior lunch program, health screenings, arts and crafts, music, and socialization, Senior Services Inc. helps the elderly of Forsyth County live actively, independently, and with dignity. Visit their website for more information.
Continuing Education Opportunities
Lifelong learning is important to many seniors once they retire. It can keep seniors engaged, challenged, and active. And what better city to learn in than Winton-Salem. In collaboration with The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County, the esteemed Wake Forest University has created a new Lifelong Learning Program for retirees and alums. The program is administered by the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies department. Classes like The History of the World in 25 Books, The Birth of the Movies, and Strategies for Writing Personal Stories fulfill seniors’ urge to learn academically, or nourish their social interests.
Aging in place and other senior resources by community: