By the time you reach sixty, you may start to notice that your social circle is shrinking. It seems that may elderly folk think they should be content to while away their days in isolation while their children and grandchildren get on with their own lives.
You may feel like wanting to spend time with your family is an infringement on their busy lives. Many of your friends have either moved away or resigned themselves to solitary pursuits.
Well, weré here to tell you that it doesn’t have to be that way. The fact is, loneliness can kill you, so get out there.
The best way to meet new friends is to work at it. Here’s what you need to do.
Make the Best of What You Have
It’s time to get tech-savvy. Thanks to social media, like Facebook, it’s possible to track down all your old friends and rekindle your social interactions.
If you don’t know your way around a computer, one of your grandkids will be happy to show you the ropes.
Many folks over sixty are already on Facebook and if they aren’t, you can get hold of them via their children who are active on this platform.
Once you’ve got their contact details you can get in touch with them to arrange a get-together or a group reunion. Chances are they may have made some new friends along the way that share similar interests to yours too.
Don’t allow yourself to feel shy about reaching out, there’s a good chance they’re feeling the same way you do.
You can also look online for senior friendship sites geared towards helping seniors meeting people.
Follow Your Dreams
If you are wondering what to do with your time lately, why not do what you’ve always wanted to do, or try something new.
Now’s the time to embrace new hobbies and learn new things. It’s also the best way to meet people who have similar interests. There are so many things you could do.
Join a walking, birding, or book club. Get involved in church activities or volunteer to help out at an animal shelter. Take up golf or join a gym.
Nobody said you have to exclusively meet seniors either. If you’re young at heart and fun to be around, it’ll surprise you how people of all ages welcome you into the fold.
Best Way to Meet New Friends in Your Neighborhood
One of the best ways to meet seniors in your area is to look up social support groups for the elderly that promote seniors’ friendship groups.
Don’t limit yourself to friends of the same gender either. If you think one of the ladies or gentlemen in your neighborhood looks like an interesting person, why not strike up a conversation? They could be just as lonely as you.
It’s perfectly acceptable to initiate a platonic friendship with someone of the opposite sex.
Keep Things Interesting
The best way to meet new friends is to make the effort to engage with people you encounter as you go about your daily tasks. Coffee shops, malls, and community centers are great places to meet like-minded folk.
Get the ball rolling by stocking up on interesting topics. Reading some more of our blogs will give you plenty of facts to use as conversation starters to get the ball rolling.