How to stay social and active as you get older
- Address physical limitations. Incontinence, difficulty with balance, poor vision, and hearing are contributors to someone avoiding social interactions. Take steps to mitigate circumstances that could keep you from feeling sociable. Mobility aids or similar adaptive devices could help you get around limitations. At the same time, socializing doesn’t have to include a lot of moving around—just having a meal with friends or family regularly can help bolster spirits.
- Use social media. Meet-up groups are available for people of all ages, as well as age-specific tours, day trips, and clubs for everything from theater and art to dog training and gardening. There’s very likely something for all ages and abilities.
- Look into community senior centers. These are great places to find people of varying ages to socialize and play games with. You can also find out about other groups and activities there.
- Consider volunteering. Nearly endless numbers of community organizations, local and beyond, need volunteers. Check out AmeriCorps Seniors, a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency that matches volunteers with service opportunities.
- Join spiritual or religious organizations. Religion or spiritual practices can be comforting and a source of emotional support for many people. Beyond that, communities involved in religion and spiritual pursuits can also offer opportunities for socializing and volunteering.
- Take up an outdoor hobby. Whether it’s golfing, fishing, or even simply taking long walks each day, spending time outdoors, in the sun, moving around is a great way to help set yourself up to age gracefully.