treadmills at senior centerUpdated: March 4, 2024

Every week, people stop in at our Visitors Center to ask for relocation information. We hear that they were drawn to the area because of our downtown, our parks, the general quality of life they can find here, and such. And many of them – many of whom are recently retired – plan to move to this area to be near their kids and grandkids.

We hope you’ll find this guide to active senior living in McKinney helpful in your search to relocate or for those who live here, to enjoy your best quality of life in our community!

McKinney Senior Recreation Center

Among the wonderful amenities that McKinney offers active seniors is a beautiful and newly-remodeled Senior Recreation Center where residents and non-residents who are 50-plus in age can buy a membership for six months or a year (starting as low as $10 for six months and $15 for annual passes, based on age) as well as $5 for a day passes. A membership or day pass provides seniors access to a wide array of activities including sports and fitness, games, crafts, and even dancing, in the form of both classes and weekly dances at the center.

Senior Pool Class at Senior Rec Center
No matter where a person’s interests lie, there is surely something going on at the Senior Recreation Center, including:

  • Health and Fitness: Try out the well-equipped fitness room full of workout machines and pool for lap swimming and water walking, as well as a wide range of water and group exercise classes. Wellness screenings, benefits counseling, preventive health clinics, and caregiver support groups are offered throughout the year, too.
  • Sports: Take part in pickleball, ping pong, chair volleyball, and more.
  • Recreational games: If games are more to your taste, the center provides a wide range of game opportunities including card games, bingo, bunco, chess, dominoes, mah jong, and recreational poker.
  • Painting ClassDIY/Crafts: Creative seniors may take part in a variety of activities including painting, machine embroidery, quilting, and woodcarving, and those wishing to spend some time on more educational pursuits may take part in an ongoing book club or computer classes.  
  • Road Trips: The Senior Rec Center regularly schedules road trips for just about any interest, from outings like the State Fair of Texas, Top Golf, and Choctaw Casino to area museums, gardens, movies, and holiday shopping excursions. Check the center's schedule for details of upcoming trips on page 3 of the city's Senior Recreation Guide.


Active Senior Living Complexes and Communities

Below is a list of some of the complexes offering active, independent living for seniors. Some of these locations also offer facilities for Assisted Care, Memory Care, and other senior services.

Volunteering for Seniors

Lead by Example photo of woman with gift

If you like to stay active by volunteering within the community, there are several places you can look who would love your help! 

  • Volunteer McKinney: Pretty much the clearinghouse for all things volunteering, this organization is the go-to place where the majority of non-profits, churches, and other organizations post their volunteer needs. Sign up on their website and then look through all the volunteer opportunities to find the one(s) that best suit your needs. 
  • Lead by Example: This wonderful organization was established by Lisa Washington as a way to help seniors in need in the community. People of all ages are welcome to get involved in her initiative which includes visits to shut-in seniors on holidays
  • 3e United: This organization is a collaborative effort of many churches in McKinney that offers outreach throughout the REACH partner with studentcommunity. There is a link on their website for you to click to get involved.
  • REACH: This is a volunteer program through the McKinney Independent School District that connects students with volunteer mentors. The website says it best: "The program is designed to foster a basic sense of self-esteem, self-confidence, and a motivation to learn and improve personal and social skills that will reinforce the importance of an education. Reaching one child at a time is the primary goal of the program." Complete the volunteer application on the website to start the process of mentoring a local student!


Links Suggested by our Readers

  • To find resources and support for older adults living alone, check out this article from The National Council on Aging.
  • A reader of our website reached out with this link to a blog featuring an event and entertainment accessibility guide for people with disabilities. You can find it HERE.
  • Are active adult communities for you? This reader-suggested link answers that question with pros and cons as well as tips for choosing the right active adult community for you when you are ready!