Mar 082016
 

Did you know there are opportunities for life as a Senior that are not available for the young whipper-snappers?  Life after 55+ years doesn’t have to be boring or expensive. These are some of the places I’ve found that offer senior discounts or are free.
Senior Discount

SENIOR DISCOUNTSwww.seniordiscount.com
I’m sharing with you some of our favorite places in Utah, but this website will also show listings for your area.

Businesses rarely offer this information.  I would always ask if they give a discount, so you don’t miss out on these opportunities.
Restaurants: some that we enjoy locally and may consider 55+ years of age for a senior discount.
A & W Restaurant
Carl’s Jr.
Applebee’s
Chili’s

Ski Hills: most of the ski resorts offer a senior discount, but you must show proof of age.  These are a few of our favorite places to ski with the family.

Brighton Ski Resort
Solitude Ski Resort
Snowbasin Resort

Retail: businesses that advertise their discounts, but may offer a better discount not age related.
Ace Hardware
Jo Ann’s Fabrics
Kohl’s Department Store
Rite Aid

Automotive: a few of the auto service businesses that are handy for a needed oil change.
Jiffy Lube
Midas Auto Service

The senior discount website lists many more categories like airlines, golf and other sports. I would recommend contacting a business to find out what you can save a few bucks on and when.
National and State Pass
State Parks – The “Utah Senior Adventure Pass” is valid for one year, starting from the month purchased. Eligibility for the pass is for seniors 62 years and older.

Our favorite State Park is Antelope Island and a great place to visit any time of the year.  Besides seeing where the buffalo (freely) roam, there is a sandy beach for the grandkids and the historical Garr Ranch to learn about ranching a century ago.

National Parks – An “America the Beautiful” pass is a lifetime pass for only $10.  This is a bargain worth purchasing.  We love visiting the national parks during the off-season as a perfect way to relax and take photos when it’s not so crowded.

Seniors on the go

http://slco.org/aging-adult-services/senior-centers
There are 19 Salt Lake area Senior Centers that offer local tours for a small fee and also unique special events. This is a wonderful way to socialize, eat a meal, and learn new crafts from weekly classes and workshops.

My hubby and I have an HO Model Train Room that we manage at the Harman Senior Rec. Center.  Reminiscing about trains seniors rode or played with are a way to share fun stories.  Also, helping seniors who don’t have access to computers is one of the many opportunities for volunteering at the center.

http://www.culturalcelebration.org
Utah Cultural Celebration Center offers free admission to Summer and Winter concert series for everyone from July through December. Their art gallery and artifacts include traveling educational exhibits from the Smithsonian and local artist groups.  Some of our favorites are the Trees of Diversity and Face of Utah Sculpture annual exhibits.

Silver Sneakershttps://www.silversneakers.com
Health plans offer this program at no additional cost and is designed for all levels and abilities. SilverSneakers provides access to fitness equipment, group exercise classes, online education and a chance to meet other healthy seniors.
The locations are conveniently close by, so I don’t have to drive far to enjoy free classes at my local recreation center and my Curves Gym.

There are so many opportunities as a senior for learning, exercising or just being entertained.  I’m interested in learning what other ways you have found to save money through your senior discounts or other freebies.

Mar 112013
 

blog-natl-logo1[1]America the Beautiful – National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands
Senior Pass – Cost $10
A lifetime pass for U.S. citizens or permanent residents age 62 or over. The pass can only be obtained in person at the park and is non-transferable. The Senior Pass provides a 50% discount on charges such as camping, swimming, boat launch, and specialized interpretive services.
This pass replaced the discontinued Golden Age Passport which my husband proudly carries at all times.
Visiting all the National Parks is on our bucket list. This will be a daunting task, since there are 59 parks and over 398 areas in the National Park System. So far we have visited 22 National Parks.  We hope the federal budget cuts won’t someday decide to cut the Senior Park Pass money saving perk. Enjoy this link for locating all the parks in every state: http://www.nps.gov/findapark/index.htm

Access Pass – Free
A lifetime pass for U.S. citizens or permanent residents with permanent disabilities. Documentation is required to obtain the pass. This pass replaced the discontinued Golden Access Passport.

Note: Golden Age and Golden Access Passports will continue to be honored according to the provisions of the pass.

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