Staying Connected: Tips for Seniors to Keep Social
Aging should never stop you from having an active social life. Social engagement is a wonderful benefit for your mental health and can help keep you feeling years younger than your age.
Yet sometimes, it’s easy to feel isolated. We’d like to give you some active social tips for seniors so you can prevent depression and dementia for your better mental health and wellness. Here’s where you can start!
Senior groups and clubs
Senior clubs are a great way to make new friends and stay busy. Most activities are free or charge a nominal fee to join. Plus, many often offer transportation for those that can’t drive themselves. Check your community senior center or even the local community colleges. You’ll be amazed by how many groups there are for people in your age bracket looking to make new friends like you!
If you have any specific interests or hobbies, or there’s something you’ve always wanted to try, find a senior club specifically tailored to those interests. You’ll find ones for activities like bridge or bingo to arts and crafts and tennis.
Senior travel opportunities
You don’t have to limit yourself to just your neighborhood though. You can find senior groups that go on traveling adventures together. Senior bus tours are a great way to make new friends and get out there without going too far from home. There are also longer excursions you can embark on if you’re feeling more adventurous.
Sometimes, seniors are lonely because they’ve survived their spouse. Even in your senior years though, you can still mingle if and when you’re ready to. You don’t even need to be serious about dating. You can simply find companionship with others who have lost a spouse too and for that you’ll feel less lonely.
Senior social networking sites
Use the internet to your advantage and get on social media to find other seniors in your area. From Facebook to Meetup, you’ll find many ways to connect with others around you and make new friends.
After retirement, many seniors find they become stir-crazy because they have nothing to do. If you’re willing and able, you can volunteer at most non-profit agencies who will be grateful for your help. Libraries, soup kitchens, animal shelters, and even hospitals would welcome you with open arms.
While your home is your castle, it’s nice to get out and explore more of your surroundings. We hope that you’ll keep yourself well inside and out and make the most of your days by filling them with fun activities and new people. If anything, you’ll have fascinating stories to tell your grandkids!