Tips to Staying Social Throughout Your Senior Years
A recent article in the New York Times titled, Loneliness Can Be Deadly for Elders; Friends Are the Antidote, spoke about the importance of friends in your later years of life. The article highlights the benefits new friendships bring in later years of life. The article also talks about the tendency to invest in meaningful relationships as we grow older, versus trying to accommodate a high quantity of friends. Friends bring us comfort, support and love. Humans need these necessities to survive and live a fulfilling life at any age.
Span, Paula (2016, December 30). Loneliness Can Be Deadly for Elders; Friends Are the Antidote. Retrieved from https://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/30/health/loneliness-elderly.html?_r=0
As we age, it’s easy to lose friends along the way. Social isolation tends to creep in slowly as friendships become harder to maintain and new friends harder to come by. But seniors don’t have to face loneliness. There are still opportunities for socialization throughout later years of life.
Here are a few tips to staying social throughout your senior years:
Volunteer in your community: Find organizations in your local community where you can volunteer. Helping others can not only make you feel good, but it’s an excellent way to meet friends along the way.
Take a class: Many local colleges offer continuing education courses for adults. Learning something new can be exciting and presents opportunities to learn alongside classmates who have shared interests.
Join a club: Look into organizations in your area that may be of interest. Participating in a book club or a gardening club is a good way to meet new people who share similar interests. Local churches and senior centers are good starting places to find clubs focused on activities for older adults.
Social Networks: Seniors no longer have to leave their house to connect with old and new friends. Though it hasn’t been proven that online connections provide the same benefits as face-to-face contact, social media websites, such as Facebook, make it easy to find friends and stay in touch. This Facebook research study set out to find a correlation between online social interactions and the health status of individuals based on their Facebook activity and interactions.
Friendships at any stage of life are important, but seniors benefit greatly from keeping friendships alive in their later years. Renaissance welcomes you to download our monthly activity calendar and join us for an upcoming event to meet friends and acquaintances.