A career is often a large part of a person’s social life, so after retirement, seniors may find that they’re not as connected to friends as they previously have been. But this can be the ideal time for seniors to enhance their social lives, since they have the time and freedom to do so.
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The following are good ways for seniors to enhance their social lives after retirement:
It can be easy to lose touch with friends and co-workers after retirement. Seniors should make a point to reach out to maintain these relationships. Making a list of people to keep in touch with and contacting at least once a week can be a good way to maintain friendships. Setting a specific time and place to meet for a meal or other activity is usually much more effective than a general statement of “We should get together sometime.”
Seniors have a wealth of knowledge and life experience to share, and volunteering is an excellent way to give back to the community. Whether it’s a local political campaign, reading with youth from local schools, or helping out at the animal shelter, volunteers are needed in a wide variety of settings. Seniors will be able to meet people in varying age groups and have an immediate bond over shared interests.
Moving to a senior living community
Seniors who live on their own after retirement can easily become isolated. Moving to a senior living community is almost like an older person’s version of college in terms of socializing. There’s always something to do and someone to do it with, from golf outings to visits to the theater.
Learning a new skill
New skills help keep seniors’ minds sharp after retirement, and taking a class puts them in a group of people who share a common interest. From poker to yoga, classes, learning a new skill helps form immediate bonds.
Contact us today for more information about ways seniors can improve their social lives after retirement. Jacaranda Trace is a friendly and vibrant senior living community with activities to suit every interest.