Getting yourself out into the social world and meeting new people can be hard for people of all ages. Whether you’ve relocated, lost touch with old friends or simply retired, meeting new friends as a senior can be particularly challenging. Gone are the days of easily meeting new people at school, work or your children’s extracurricular events. So, it’s important to take advantage of every opportunity to mingle with new faces. In fact, according to a Michigan State University study, some people experience the same positive effects on health resulting from strong friendships when compared to relationships with family members. If you don’t know how to get started, check out these four fun ways for seniors to meet new friends:
Enroll in an Interesting Class
There are tons of amazing public classes out there for every hobby that fascinates you, from painting and writing to dancing and gardening. Once you’re surrounded by like minded people, it’s much easier and natural to socialize and find common interests. Plus, if you attend regularly, the classes will help you refine your communication skills, so you’ll learn how to socialize with new friends anywhere!
Engage with social media
Social media isn’t just for the millennial generation. It’s also a great tool for seniors to meet new people in their communities. The digital world is full of opportunities to develop real-life or online relationships with friends and support systems. Your grandchildren will certainly be impressed once they figure out how savvy you are on social media!
Find a cause or issue that you’re passionate about, and volunteer alongside people who share that same enthusiasm. If you love helping animals, try a local pet shelter. If art or history excites you, consider reaching out to a museum in your area to see if they have volunteer openings. The opportunities are truly endless.
Join a Senior Center
Senior centers are often associated with Bingo night and bowling, but most centers have moved passed these stereotypical offerings and have evolved their activities to include fun, entertaining things like karaoke, field trips, concerts and more. These are just a few of the many opportunities senior centers present for bonding with fellow seniors!
Now, who’s ready to get out of the house and socialize? Before you head out into the world, don’t forget your Wearever incontinence panties and incontinence briefs to help keep you dry from light to heavy leakage while you’re making new friends!