Thursday, April 4, 2013

Activities and Resources for Senior Citizens in San Antonio

I've got a new job!  I am going to be an elder companion for a lady here in San Antonio.  Since I already do a lot of fun schtuff that seniors do, this will be perfect for me.

My first task is to find some interesting and fun schtuff for us to do together.  I thought I'd share what I found.  Most of this is in North San Antonio, but I've got links if you want to delve into other parts of town...

Senior Activities

Morgan's Wonderland

5223 David Edwards Drive
San Antonio, Texas 78233

Senior Fridays
2nd and 4th Fridays (Apr-Dec)
  • Fishing at the Wharf
  • Ballroom Dancing
  • Seated Yoga
  • Light Weights / Deep Breathing Class
  • Concerts
  • Dancing to the Oldies
  • Zumba Gold Classes
  • Line Dancing
  • Chair Volleyball
  • Pickleball
Enjoy your lunch and drinks from home or sample our concessions in our covered Picnic Area.

Cost: $8-10

Contact: Becky Lucci at 210-495-5888 ext. 1006

Bob Ross Senior Multi-Service Health and Resource Center

2219 Babcock
San Antonio, TX 78229
(210) 207-5300

M-F 7:45am-4:30pm

Combines services of both the City of San Antonio and Bexar County to provide a true "one-stop" clearinghouse for services and information.

  • Arthritis Foundation classes
  • Stretch and Strength classes
  • Tai Chi
  • Yoga
  • Books
  • Resource materials
  • Poetry club
  • Reading club
  • Low vision equipment
  • Quarterly Health and Resource Information Fairs
  • Computer classes
  • Adult education tutor
  • Water aerobics and other pool exercises (waiting list of 5-6 weeks)
See my more in depth post about this fabulous center.

Barshop Jewish Community Center - Senior Adult Department

12500 N.W. Military Highway
San Antonio, TX 78231
(210) 302-6820

You do not have to be Jewish to join

Game Room Activities
M-Th , Time: 10am-4pm
Games that involve concentration, reasoning, problem solving, memory, information processing and focus will stimulate brain cells and keep neural pathways functioning. Borrow games or bring your own.  - unstructured play.

Full House Club
Mo, Time: 1-4 pm
Playing card games can help keep adult minds active by learning playing strategies and using math skills. Reservations required, call Sonny Charles (210) 344-9903 for a seat at the table.

Fit 4 Life
M-F , Time: 11-11:45 am
This class is designed specifically for moderately active seniors and focuses on strength, balance, flexibility, endurance and promotes independence in aging.  Most exercises performed in a seated in a chair.

Chef Selected Fresh Lunch
M-Th 12:00 - 1:00
$3 for J members.  Non-members who are considering joining are welcome to join.  Reservations are required and can be made up to 24-hours in advance by contacting Aliyah Kuchinsky at (210) 302-6827.

Silver Cinema 
1st and 3rd Th of month
Aliyah Kuchinsky (210) 302-6827
This event is Free and Open to the Community

Live Music
During lunch
Last Th of the month

Monthly rates

Senior Adult 65+ $48.00
Senior Couple-Social $20.00
Senior Individual-Social $15.00

Senior Social Memberships include participation in weekly lunch and social programs.  This membership category does not include access to the JCC fitness facilities. There is an enrollment fee of $75 plus an agreement of a minimum twelve-month membership. Cathy Pottorf (210) 302-6870.

Granados Adult and Senior Center

Bingo fun

500 Freiling 78213

Monday, Wednesday: 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Tuesday,Thursday: 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
$5 annual fee for participants 60 and over; $10 for participants 18 to 59
  • Stretch and Flex
  • Total body toning
  • Cards
  • Scrabble
  • Line Dancing
  • Zumba Fitness
  • Bridge
  • Stitch and Chat
  • Computer classes
  • Oil and acrylic painting
  • Field trips
  • Scrap booking
  • Holiday celebrations
  • Book Club
  • blood Pressure and Blood Sugar checks
  • Fitness Room
  • Relaxation Workshops
  • arts and crafts
  • Weight Loss Support Group

Vitas Paw Pals

Seniors, with their trained pets, can visit hospice patients to return that sense of purpose and fulfillment.

Pets must past behavior test.  Humans must pass tuberculosis test.

Movies and Theatre

Big Screen Classics
Alamo Drafthouse
This series honors the films of the past with rare 35mm screenings of the cinema's most priceless treasures.  You'll always be amazed at the riches of cinema history at Big Screen Classics.

Broadway Brunch
Alamo Drafthouse
Ritz up your weekend with Broadway Brunch, featuring film adaptations of classic musicals served with our delicious brunch menu. These dazzling cinematic extravaganzas will leave you with a a smile on your face and swing in your step (especially if you enjoy a mimosa or two).

Startlight Movies in the Garden - Free
Botanical Gardens
Enjoy free, open air cinema in the beautiful surroundings of the San Antonio Botanical Garden for two evenings in May, 2013 and two in Sept, 2013. Light concessions, beer and wine available. Show starts at dusk.  Roman Holiday, Harvey, Gigi, and Casablanca

Free Movie Thursdays
Santikos Bijou
April 2013 showing baseball themed classic movies: The Natural, Field of Dreams, Bang the Drum Slowly, Bull Durham.

The Classic Theatre - San Antonio
Founded in 2008 in order to build a professional theatre that inspires passionate involvement in a shared theatrical experience and to create a source of pride for our community. Upcoming shows: Scapin, Proof, Taming of the Shrew, Death of a Salesman.

Meetup Groups (from

Meetup makes it easy for anyone to organize a local group or find one of the thousands already meeting up face-to-face. Meetups can be free or sometimes have a small fee.  They are groups of people sharing similar interests.

Fiesta City Chorus (FCC) Meetup Group
Tuesdays 7pm
Sweet Adelines International local chapter. We are an all female group that sings Barbershop Quartet style as four part harmony. We welcome females of all ages who like to have fun. Check us out and you'll find we're a hoot!

SA Visual and Performing Arts
Revolves around the San Antonio arts community in and near the Downtown area. We visit museums and galleries, studios, theaters, and other visual and performing arts venues. And we also get together just to enjoy one another's company.

Senior Singles of San Antone (55+)
Lately, we've been doing some more interesting and socially valuable events, such as the current theme of visiting important parts of San Antonio's infrastructure and business community.

Wednesday Morning Coffee
---Coffee and Conversation--- A Wednesday morning coffee group for anyone that can make it. A different coffee shop each week, those attending pick the next weeks location. Coffee and Conversation is a great way to get to know some new friends. Come join us.

Cafe Society of San Antonio
We visit cafes, bistros, bakeries and distinctive restaurants around San Antonio for brunch, lunch, occasional dinners and specialty events.

Musical Bridges Around the World
We produce world-class jazz, classical, and ethnic folk musical and performing arts concerts in San Antonio in multiple locations around San Antonio, including the historical San Fernando Cathedral in the heart of downtown and the McAllister Auditorium at San Antonio College.  Our guest artists travel from and are famous all over the world.

Wii Games for Seniors

Wii Sports
Wii Fit Plus
Walk It Out!
Big Brain Academy

Swimming Pool

The North East Aquatic Center located at the Blossom Athletic Center includes the Bill Walker Pool and the Josh Davis Natatorium.

10:00 am - 2:00 pm M-F - adults only
8:15 pm - 9:30 pm M-Th - open swim
Seniors - Free with card (see website)
Adults - $4.00
Children K-12 - $2.00
Preschool - $1.00
Punch card - $60 for 20 swims

Sites to See

555 Funston, 78209
with lunch at 
555 Funston Place, 78209

Walk in the King Williams Historical District
Lunch at Madhatters Tea House and Cafe
320 Beauregard St‎, 78204
Guenter House
Breakfast and Lunch 7 days a week
7am – 3 pm..

Riverwalk and lunch

Missions Tour and lunch

Japanese Tea Gardens
Open every day from dawn until dusk and is wheelchair accessible.
with lunch at
Jingu House Restaurant

San Antonio Museum of Art
Institute of Texan Culture
Texas Transportation Museum

Just Out of Town
Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch (open 9am - 5 or 6pm)

Fiesta Noche del Rio (May 10-Aug 10, 2013, FrSaSu 8:30pm)

Classes to Take

NISD Community Education
Southwest School of Arts

Information Resources

Search your area's comprehensive directory to find services related to aging, disabilities, caregiving, Alzheimer's, and more.

San Antonio Library Senior Resource Guide

Parks and Rec Senior Centers

Senior Resource Radio
KLUP Talk Radio 930 AM radio on Sundays from 9:00 am - 10:00 am.

Silver Solutions 2013

Saturday, April 13 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Medical Arts and Research Center
8300 Floyd Curl Dr.

Both the event and convenient covered parking are free.

The businesses and organizations that serve seniors and their families and caregivers are well-represented at Silver Solutions, as are experts and scientists in the field of aging and other associated fields.

Attendees can schedule appointments in the "Ask the Expert" area with specialists in geriatric medicine, audiology, cardiology, endocrinology, neurology, ophthalmology, orthopedics, psychiatry and men’s and women’s health. Additionally, scientists will be available to speak about nutrition, Alzheimer’s, and healthy aging. On-site demonstrations feature fitness and at-home care.

Resources and information will be available in the following categories:

  • Health Care
  • Caregiving 101
  • Planning Ahead
  • Life Enrichment
  • Residential Options
  • Community Support Services
  • Abuse and Exploitation Prevention
Update:  The Silver Solutions was FANTASTIC!  Be on the lookout for it next year!

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