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If you’re like most Americans, finding new and exciting activities may be the first thing on your list to do after retirement.

You’re a ticket holder at the Opera and you could probably recognize just about every face from the Symphony if you passed them on Fountain Square. You’ve been to the Ballet too many times to count (and aren’t they particularly good this season), and you’re fairly certain that the busboy at your favorite dinner spot knows you by name.

You love the city, but you’re itching to try something new.

Well, you’re in luck.

 

Cincinnati has so much to offer when it comes to finding your new favorite activity. And you won’t even have to worry about cost with the many savings on local activities, dining, and trips that are available right at your fingertips!

Make sure to sign up for AARP.

A membership can be acquired for as little as $16 per year and is worth its weight in gold.

With your membership, come discounts on travel, everyday savings as well as a subscription to AARP The Magazine.  Some discounts offered are 20% off concerts, plays or arena shows. Others include 10% off fine dining, up to 25% off hotels and so many other discounts for various goods and services in order to live well. AARP is the perfect place to go to purchase your flights, concert or broadway tickets.

And if you purchase one membership, you also get a second, free membership for your spouse or partner.

Get to know Groupon.

Groupon is a website (and an app on your phone) that offers great deals (usually at least 40% off regular prices) on events, meals and goods every day.

You’re able to set a home-base location for your Groupon offers, so it’s a great way to discover opportunities here in Cincinnati that you may never have known existed! Grab them fast though, the deals are only offered until they are sold out.

Groupon is a free service; you do not need to pay a dime in order to access the deals, so it’s a great opportunity to shop for presents for family and friends and save money while doing it as well!

Look for other online offers.

Another great resource for digitally-savvy seniors is Living Social—a particularly great option for our readers who are used to the Hyde Park lifestyle. Like Groupon, Living Social is a website that offers coupons and discounts for local activities, but the deals on are targeted more towards fine dining, travel and social occasions.

Get out in your community and check out the local activities designed for seniors!

All over town, local businesses offer many classes and activities geared toward the interests of the 65-and-up crowd like Tai Chi, painting, wine tastings, and euchre classes just to name a few. Take this time to learn a new skill or try something new!

Take advantage of the local colleges that offer free tuition for seniors over the age of 65.

In our area, Northern Kentucky University, University of Cincinnati, and Cincinnati State Technical and Community College offer free tuition to seniors! More information can be discovered here. Learn new things and furthering your education is priceless, so go finish that bachelor’s, earn your masters or even work on your Ph.D.!

Being on a college campus has the added benefit of keeping you up on the current trends that can help you stay on top of the conversation with the grandkids.

There are opportunities all around that can keep you living well after retirement; you just need to know where to look for them. Life after retirement is a time you have been looking forward to for many years, so go out there and live it up!

 

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Bryan Reynolds
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January 07, 2014
Bryan Reynolds is the Vice President of Marketing and Public Relations for Episcopal Retirement Services (ERS). Bryan is responsible for developing and implementing ERS' digital marketing strategy, and overseeing the website, social media outlets, audio and video content and online advertising. After originally attending The Ohio State University, he graduated from the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati, where he earned a Bachelor of fine arts focused on electronic media. Bryan loves to share his passion for technology by assisting older adults with their computer and mobile devices. He has taught several classes within ERS communities as well as at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute run by the University of Cincinnati. He also participates on the Technology Team at ERS to help provide direction. Bryan and his wife Krista currently reside in Lebanon, Ohio with their 5 children.

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