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Seniors

Kingston has an active population of retired people and senior citizens. Older residents are involved in clubs, choirs, seminars, lectures and workshops. Many activities are designed to keep older individuals healthy, happy and involved in the community after they have stopped working. There are also programs to help seniors stay physically active through dancing, skating, hiking, badminton and fitness classes.

A focal point for older people in Kingston is The Seniors Centre (see For More Information links below), which organizes out-of-town trips, seminars, workshops, and special events. The centre also promotes healthy living through foot-care services, hearing and arthritis clinics, legal advice and home repairs for individuals living at home.

The Council on Aging Frontenac-Kingston (see For More Information links below) also works on behalf of seniors in Kingston. The council organizes research studies and sponsors workshops on various issues. It also has a wide range of educational materials about aging and seniors.

The City of Kingston offers instructional and recreational programs for seniors year round. Some examples include furniture-making workshops, cake decorating, belly dancing, volleyball, badminton, ballroom dancing and adult hip hop.

Many seniors in the Kingston area are members of the Rideau Trail Association, a non-profit organization that maintains a hiking trail that links Kingston to Canada's capital city of Ottawa. Birdwatching, bridge and gardening clubs are also popular activities.

For More Information

Ontario Trails Map
Ontario Trails Council online mapping tool listing various recreational trails across Ontario. Find a trail based on location and activity.

Sports & Recreation Clubs
A list of local sporting organizations and clubs for people of all ages in Kingston.

Sports & Recreation Directory
A list of Kingston sports and recreation resources, including tours, sports facilities, equipment rentals, conservation areas, etc.

Senior Programs
The City of Kingston offers a variety of programs for seniors and older adults, including ballroom dancing, skating, volleyball, badminton, salsa dancing, candy making, and cake decorating.

Senior & Adult Skating
The city-owned INVISTA Centre has ice time for seniors and adults who want to skate.

Queen’s University Elder Care Guide
A list of activities and organizations geared to keeping senior citizens active and healthy. Includes addresses, phone numbers, websites and a brief description of services and programs.

The Seniors Centre
Information about the programs, services, seminars, workshops, trips and special events sponsored by The Seniors Centre in Kingston.

Kingston Horticultural Society
The society holds exhibitions, sponsors competitions, promotes the environment, and distributes seeds, plants, bulbs, flowers, trees and shrubs.

Rideau Trail Association
This association preserves the Rideau Trail, a hiking trail from Kingston to Ottawa. It also organizes regular hiking, snowshoeing, and cross-country ski outings.

Adapted Programs — For Developmental Disabilities or Rehabilitation Needs
Social, leisure and recreation programs for youth and adults with developmental challenges. Also programs for those with special rehabilitation needs (such as cardiac patients). Activities include bowling, gym, swimming, billiards, dancing, yoga and sporting events.

ISKA Immigrant Programs
Immigrant Services Kingston and Area (ISKA) have many programs to help people connect with and become active in the community. Includes a variety of social events, ethnic cooking classes, a sewing club and a senior’s group.

Later Life Learning
This local organization provides ongoing learning opportunities in a public forum for retirees and mature students. They offer workshops and host University-level one-hour weekly lecture series based on a common theme for each series but covering a variety of topics. Hearing assist devices are available for use during lectures. Fees are charged to attend.

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