Seniors, Get Social!
Seniors who are not in the workforce may find it difficult to meet new people or find things to do that really interest them. Here are a few unique opportunities and options for seniors to get social in Western New York.
Amherst Center for Senior Services
The town of Amherst Senior Services Center has a number of groups and clubs for members aged fifty-five and older, including the Amherst Recorder Consort, a men’s golf league, a book club, and more. Visit the website for membership information.
Polish Cadets Hall
927 Grant St., Buffalo
It is a place where young and old can enjoy good food and drinks. It is a good place to bring people to and meet new and interesting people. And the club’s fish fry is a very popular menu item. They celebrate Polish events and holidays and the hall is a regular venue for swing dancing classes.
The Garret Club
91 Cleveland Ave., Buffalo
This is a private women’s club that requires a sitting member to invite new people in. The scenery is beautiful and the members create a lasting bond between. Legacy is important in the club, so relationships are definitely strong. It is ideal for events such as weddings, rehearsal dinners, cocktail parties, business meetings, lunches, and dinners for members and members of affiliated clubs.
Tosh Collins Senior Center
35 Cazenovia St., Buffalo, 828-1093
This senior center allows senior citizens to interact and provides living and health food services. It offers bingo, pool, pinochle, billiards, and yoga. The center even offers transportation for South Buffalo residents.
YMCA Active Older Adult Clubs
Check website for nearest locations
Being healthy is about taking care of ourselves and our families in spirit, mind, and body. The YMCA offers various activities for seniors to engage in including sports and games. Participants bond with their teammates and have fun.
Silver Pride Project
200 S. Elmwood Ave., Buffalo
Isolation can be a relentless enemy to LGBT seniors, but those who find their way to The Pride Center find some powerful allies. They provide a community of new friends for seniors through The Silver Pride Project, a peer group designed by seniors, many of them looking to raise awareness on LGBT aging issues and organizing social events to reduce social isolation. They provide card parties, game days, computer classes, workshops, Lunch and Learn (with speakers), and meals at neighborhood restaurants. They also offer regular events such as LGBTQ Seniors Coffee Hour, Tea Time, and Healthy Lunch.
Seniors of Faith
City of Buffalo, Division for Senior Services; City Hall, Room 8A, 65 Niagara Square, Buffalo ; 851-4141 ; www.city-buffalo.com
The Seniors of Faith is a new initiative targeted at seniors in area churches. It is looking for seniors who want to help with a variety of community projects designed to assist individuals in need and/or improve the quality of life in our neighborhoods.
Buffalo Old Time Radio and Nostalgia Club
Mail: Old Time Radio Club
144 Fontaine Dr., Cheektowaga, NY 14215; buffalo-otr-club.org
This organization is dedicated to the regeneration of interest in an enjoyment of that part of vanishing Americana that has become known as the “Golden Age of Radio.” Many members still fondly remember “Old Time Radio.” Others are too young to have known it first hand but became interested through revivals.
Equality Club of Buffalo
This is the oldest continuously operating men’s club in Western New York. Meetings are held at noon every Friday at a local restaurant and include lunch and a speaker or presentation. For more information, call the YMCA Buffalo Niagara Corporate Office at 565-6000 or email Sidney Fish at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meetup.com is a website where you can find and join groups based on your interests. Or, create your own group and meet people near you who share your interests.
Buffalo Fun & Friendship Social Meetup (for WNY women)
This group was formed for the purpose of creating a fun environment for meeting new people and forming new friendships: women in their 30s, through 70s, who all want to enjoy time with others. If you’re looking for someone to walk with, a way to make new friends, learn something new, or people to share your passion of life with, check it out.
Buffalo Fun and Friendship Social (Guys and Dollz edition)
This group was formed for the purpose of creating a fun environment for meeting new people and forming new friendships.
Southtowns Couples Dining Out
Meet friendly 50s–60s married couples while exploring area restaurants. This group was formed to create genuine lasting friendships in a casual environment. It meets every four to six weeks for fun, laughter, food, and friendship. If you are new to the area, your friends have moved away, or you are just looking to get out and meet new people, then this is the group for you.
Erie/Niagara Single Seniors at Play (62+)
A great group of men and women, age 62 and over, plan events, both active and social, for the sole purpose of personal enjoyment. Includes activities like hiking, local canal cruises, wine tasting, art exhibits, museum tours, and so on.
Isabella Okun is a Buffalo Spree Publishing spring intern.