Making friends after 60 can be challenging, but there are many places to find people who share your interests and have similar life experiences. You need to get out there and meet them! Here’s a list of some good ways for you to meet the new friends you’ve been hoping for:
Join A Club
While getting stuck in a rut is easy, clubs and groups are a great way to meet people. While you may be more comfortable with your dog than humans, consider joining one of these groups:
- Book club – If you’re looking for something social that doesn’t involve sitting around talking about sports, consider joining a book club. You can meet people who enjoy similar books and experiences as you do!
- Sports team – Joining a sports team will allow you to make friends while exercising (and maybe even feel competitive). Plus, working toward something like basketball or baseball season can help give purpose to your workouts throughout the year.
- Church/religious group – If religion brings meaning into your life and helps guide your actions through difficult times, joining an organization within that religion could be beneficial for making friends later in life.
Volunteer At A School
Volunteering at a school is another excellent way to meet people. You can become involved with the parent-teacher association or volunteer at a school fundraiser, such as a bake sale or book fair. You’ll have the opportunity to meet other parents and children and become more familiar with the community in which you live. In addition to being able to make meaningful connections, volunteering also offers many benefits for older adults: it gives them something meaningful and rewarding to do; it helps foster healthier aging; it provides social contact; it gives them purpose; and finally, studies show that volunteering improves mental health.
Traveling can be a great way to meet people, and there are plenty of opportunities for solo travel. If you’re looking for an adventurous getaway, consider planning a trip yourself. Tons of websites help you find activities and accommodations in your area and around the world.
You can also use travel as an opportunity to meet new people while exploring new places with old friends or family members. This might include taking a cruise or tour group or going on an organized tour with other visitors from around the globe who share your interests.
Social Media Is A Good Place To Meet People
One of the best things about social media is that it’s so easy to connect with other people. You can message or call your contacts directly without having to set up an awkward first meeting in person. This makes it much easier for introverts (especially those who don’t want to go through the hassle of a phone call). And because many social media platforms let you see what people are posting at any given time, it’s easy for you and your new friend to talk about what’s important in their lives.
It can also be fun for people who aren’t as outgoing by nature—you don’t have to worry about the small talk because everyone already knows each other! If someone doesn’t respond after three days, send them another message with something funny attached (like an inside joke). They might not have seen it, so there’s no harm done by sending another one over again.
There you have it! We hope we’ve inspired you to get out there and make new friends. If all else fails, remember that even if it feels difficult at first, we’re here for you!