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Marshalltown’s conveniences, array of activities, varied living options and overall peaceful way of life have made it an appealing community for retirees. The city is chock full of amenities perfect for the mature adult. Several distinct golf courses, antique shops, art galleries, beautiful outdoor spaces and recreational facilities, wineries, a nearby casino and modern retirement communities are among some of the unmatched advantages to retiring in the Marshalltown area.

The presence of excellent educational facilities and programs such as Iowa Valley Continuing Education has promoted lifelong learning among all residents in Marshalltown. IVCE offers the Creative Retirement program, which invites retirees to come together to enjoy a variety of educational, recreational and entertaining programs. Luncheons, various tours and trips to a number of local and regional destinations, Lunch-n-Speaker events, and more round out the offerings of Creative Retirement.


There are also plenty of service organizations established in Marshalltown that welcome seniors to volunteer time in the community. On the flip side, the community has instituted a youth-teaching-seniors program as well, designed to help acclimate seniors to such details as computer capabilities.

The Community Y of Marshalltown is equipped with the Fine Living Council, a group that was developed to meet the programming needs of its members aged 55 and better. The council has incorporated such programs as ballroom and line dancing classes, card parties and several clubs including a book club, hobby craft club and coffee club. Plus, regular events sponsored by the Fine Living Council include Cooking for the Retired, which occurs four times each year, and a series of health forums. Every spring and fall, the council welcomes professionals from the community to speak on a variety of topics that are of interest to the mature adult population.

The city of Marshalltown is also a great source for senior leisure activities. The Parks and Recreation Department hosts such programs and events as senior fitness classes at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum and noncompetitive adult athletic leagues. The city also operates curb-to-curb transportation through the Marshalltown Municipal Transit service.

Residential lifestyle choices for active retirees are numerous in Marshalltown. A number of townhome developments are fantastic for this age group, as this type of living offers smaller spaces and complete home and landscaping maintenance services. The community also houses several retirement communities, including a cooperative-style option called Village Cooperative, designed with active seniors in mind.

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