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The Ohio Department of Aging and Home Care Assistance Columbus often encourage seniors to regularly participate in healthy and engaging activities to improve their health and social ties. A variety of scientific studies back this argument and eHow Contributing Writer Maxwell Wallace dives into the array of activities that are available to the elderly in Columbus that can help keep the mind in check. His list includes a range of activities for any interest, including nature, the arts and entertainment. In Wallace’s article Senior Activities in Columbus, Ohio, he lists three major attractions in the area. These include the Columbus Museum of Art, the Topiary Park, and CAPA Entertainment Events. Many of these activities provide discounts to seniors, which is an additional incentive to check out all they have to offer.

The Columbus Museum of Art, which is located at 480 East Broad St. features works from an outstanding collection of impressionists as well as a month-by-month calendar of daily sponsored events at the gallery. These can range from Family Programs, such as the Art Challenges where stations are set up throughout the museum to create art-based games that highlight a CMA artwork or collection, to Adult Programs, such as Drawing in the Galleries, where participants can pay a small fee ($4 for members, $10 for non-members) to learn some of the basic elements of drawing and the artistic process.

The Topiary Park is a 7-acre downtown park that houses an array of topiary works and landscaped gardens and has a very rich history. It also has wide walkways to accommodate wheelchairs and includes picnic table and benches for gatherings. There is no cost to attend the park, which is open from sunrise to sunset daily. Every second and fourth Wednesday from June through September the park hosts a Wednesday Evening Weeding session, which often ends with a visit to a local restaurant.

The Columbus Association for the Performing Arts is associated with The Palace, Capitol and Lincoln Theaters, which each boast a variety of musical performance and theatrical events. Handicapped seating is available, as well as discounted admission to senior citizens. Slated for this summer include several performances of The Columbus Symphony Orchestra performing Picnic With The Pops, Broadway shows such as Wicked and screenings of classic movies like My Fair Lady and Double Indemnity.

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