Friends are an important part of an individual’s life, and especially so for older adults. As we grow older, we tend to lose touch with our friends due to other work and life commitments and can find it difficult to maintain current friendships or find places to meet new friends.
Older adults are generally more susceptible to loneliness due to social isolation. This is dangerous as loneliness is linked to an increased risk of depression, stress, and anxiety, and may cause one to feel restless.
Benefits of a Healthy Social Circle
As older adults begin to experience common life challenges such as loss of friends and family and onset of age-related health issues, being able to confide in and receive support from a close friend can be vital for quality of life. In addition, friends tend to motivate each other to adopt good habits, and encourage each other to stay active and engage in all that life has to offer.
Having an active social life also directly combats loneliness, hence reducing the risk of depression among the older population.
The best way to build new connections is to go to places to meet new friends and do activities that allow you to engage with the community.
Senior Travels and Cruise Clubs
Older adults usually have more time to do what they love, such as visiting places they always wanted to. Traveling is a great past-time that allows one to acquire new experiences, and travel groups can help facilitate group outings where one can meet new people whilst traveling, or go on a cruise together that provides food and leisure activities. Some even particularly cater to singles looking for romantic interests!
The Internet provides us with ample opportunities to connect with strangers virtually from anywhere. Take some time to teach your loved ones the ropes for social media, especially for those who are less tech-savvy. You may choose to help them set up a Facebook account, where they can connect with old friends and meet new ones! It is also relatively easy to find special interest communities online, making it a good platform to get to know people who are interested in the same things.
Gardening is a fun, stimulating, and stress-free activity for people of all ages. The hobby is extremely rewarding when you get to see the garden you worked so hard on flourish beautifully. Individuals who feel that gardening is their passion would be thrilled to find like-minded and dedicated people in the gardening club and can bond over the activity together.
Seniors Fitness Class
A seniors fitness class is a great way to meet new people whilst keeping the body fit at the same time. Joining a local gym or fitness class could allow older adults to engage in exercises that are suited for their age range, and new gym friends not only contribute to one’s social circle, they can also motivate each other to keep fit and healthy.