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Finding Connection and Purpose During Retirement in Cottleville

Making new friends and finding a new purpose are just a few of the many perks of retirement in Cottleville, Missouri. Learn what this can mean for you.
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Finding Connection and Purpose During Retirement in Cottleville

Making new friends and building lasting relationships are just two of the many perks of retirement in Cottleville, Missouri. Here, in this quaint, small-town atmosphere, you’ll find it’s easy to connect and engage with your neighbors, as well as find new purpose and meaning in everyday life.

Residents of Avalon Park agree: if you enjoy being around friendly, welcoming people who share your desire to enhance the quality of life for those around them, you’ll love it here. It’s just one of the reasons Niche has named Cottleville #2 in the “Best Places to Live in St. Charles County.”

Finding a new purpose during retirement in Cottleville

Friendships are good for you

Building new social networks during retirement helps seniors reap the mental, emotional, and physical benefits that stem from staying connected with peers as you age. Such as less stress and a lower risk of depression. Lower blood pressure, stronger immune system and reduced physical pain. Even a longer life.

Retirement in Cottleville is a great choice for socializing and connecting!

For example, the St. Peter’s Senior Center offers plenty of ways to socialize including exercise classes, arts and crafts, computer stations, a small library, a billiards room, and guest presentations. The O’Fallon Senior Center is a great place to play games like cards, bingo and pool or take fitness and computer classes. Both offer plenty of opportunities to make friends and stay socially active during retirement in Cottleville.

Find a new greater purpose through volunteering

The saying goes, “Volunteers don’t necessarily have the time; they just have the heart.” The great thing about retirement in Cottleville is that you now do have the time…and more opportunities than ever!

Research shows that older adults who volunteer live longer, healthier lives with lower mortality rates, a lower incidence of depression, and enhanced mental and physical abilities.

  • For those with corporate experience, the SCORE mentor program helps budding entrepreneurs grow businesses.
  • Volunteers make it possible for Crossroads Clinic to offer a large variety of free medical services to meet the needs of our community members with low income and without insurance. In this caring environment, new friendships are formed daily, patients feel the welcoming and calm environment, and volunteers are happy to serve them and help in any way possible.
  • The mission of Dogs on Duty is to provide support for working dogs. Many of these dogs are owned and handled by individuals with little to no fundraising means when emergencies and expenses occur. Several volunteer opportunities are available, including helping publicize events, collecting donations for prizes and raffles, photographing dogs and their handlers, or assisting with fundraising events.
  • All types of volunteering opportunities may be found at, or contact local charities directly.

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Pursue faith-based and religious practices

Options for worship in Cottleville and the surrounding areas include: All Saints Catholic Church, Bethesda Baptist Church, Calvary Church (Christian), Chabad of Chesterfield Synagogue, Child of God Lutheran Church, Christ Alone Lutheran Church, City Light Church (Christian), Church of the Shepherd United Methodist Church, Cornerstone United Methodist Church, Dar ul Iman Masjid – St. Charles Mosque, Durga Temple of Saint Louis Hindu Temple, Fairmont General Baptist Church, Faith United Methodist Church, Grace Presbyterian Church, Hope Lutheran Church, Iglesia Ni Cristo – Locale of St. Louis (Christian), Islamic Center of Hazelwood (Dar Aljalal Masjid) Mosque, Islamic Foundation of Greater St. Louis (Daar Ul-Islam Masjid) Mosque, Messiah St. Charles Lutheran Church, Mid-America Buddhist Association Buddhist Temple, Murugan Temple of St. Louis Hindu Temple, New Hope Presbyterian Church, St. Charles River Church (Christian), St. Louis Missouri Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, St. John’s United Church of Christ, St. Joseph Catholic Church, Sts. Joachim & Ann Catholic Church, Sozo (apostolic church), The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Tpheris Israel Chevra Kadisha Synagogue, Traditional Congregation Synagogue, Victory Family Church (Christian), and Wheat Field Baptist Mission.

At Avalon Park, you’ll find it easy to make a difference

If you’re wondering what you’ll do with all your newfound time, the residents of Avalon Park can easily reassure you that your calendar will be as full as you choose. Several houses of worship are located nearby. As a golf-cart community, we make it easy for you to get to Cottleville to participate in charitable events, fundraisers, and other volunteer events.

We also offer a variety of regular on-campus activities, such as card and board games, movies, lifelong learning classes and lectures, worship groups, arts classes, book clubs, happy hours and more. All great ways to engage with others and stay connected to what is happening in the world. Everything you need to live well and live better, including the reassurance of on-site supportive health services should your needs change.

We’d love to meet you!

Find purpose and friendship at Avalon Park.

Contact us today to set up your personalized tour. Learn how a move to senior living can give you the lifestyle you deserve – download our guide, Choosing the Right Community.

Lisa Smith

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