Retirees sitting around playing cards are becoming a thing of the past. Today's seniors are much more physically and mentally active. AARP is even responding by changing its programs.
At 67-years-old Jean Binfet is considered young in this exercise class.
"We have two ladies in their 80's and a couple in their 70's," Binfet said.
Binfet works out three days a week at Active Generations and also walks outside a few days a week.
"On days I don't exercise I do feel a little more stiff," Binfet said.
Binfet is one of a growing number of seniors who makes physical activity a top priority.
In addition to staying more physically active, more seniors are also still employed.
"Some people have to work longer because they need the money or want the socialization, but a lot of people just want to keep working and maybe doing something a little different from what they did from their entire career," AARP South Dakota State Director Sarah Jennings said.
That's why AARP in South Dakota has started a new program. It's called "Life Reimagined" and aims to help seniors think through their desires and find out how to achieve their goals.
"They don't necessarily want to work 9 to 5 in the same job they've always been working. They want more flexibility. They want to in some cases change careers and do something they've always wanted to do, like work in a flower shop," Jennings said.
After all, the golden years should be all about the things that make you rich with happiness. For Binfet, exercising helps achieve that goal.
“It's helped me be more flexible and able to play with my grandkids and get down on the floor," Binfet said.
Not only are more seniors working and physically active, but there are simply more older Americans. Today one in eight Americans are 65 years old or older.