As we get older, it’s common for us to feel like it’s harder for us to go out, meet friends, or new people. However, there are many opportunities available to form new connections and build friendships. Here are five tips on how to make new friends!
Volunteer in the Community
Giving back may be a rewarding and powerful way for our elderly loved ones to spend their time, as well as a simple and convenient method to meet new people with similar interests. Your loved ones can volunteer in a variety of ways in their local communities, including engaging in service organizations designed exclusively for our elderly loved ones. Volunteers are always needed in hospitals, schools, community centers, and other places. Your loved ones can identify programs that fit their interests and skill levels with the support of a caregiver or companion and get involved in no time.
Join a Local Activity Group
Whether you enjoy gardening, old movies, road trips, or everything in between, there’s bound to be a local club that shares your interests. There are activity groups organized around common interests all over the country, many of which are particularly designed for our elderly loved ones seeking connection and community. You can either search for clubs in your area through community or senior centers or look at Facebook Groups.
Join an Exercise Class
Attending an exercise program or joining a fitness group, regardless of your current fitness level or experience, can be a terrific way for you to stay active while also becoming a part of a vibrant community. Research local choices based on your hobbies, fitness goals, and background. There are a variety of options available, including yoga meetups, water aerobics sessions, and senior-friendly dance lessons.
Learning doesn’t stop as you age so why not pick up a new skill? According to studies, our elderly loved ones who try to learn new things and challenge themselves have improved brain health than those that don’t. Signing up for a part-time class can be a terrific opportunity for our elderly loved ones to socialize and make new friends. Look into your community’s continuing education alternatives, such as community college courses on intriguing academic subjects. Many schools enable our loved ones to participate in some classes for free or enroll in subsidized courses designed just for them.
Organize a Game Night
One of the most significant barriers to having company for our loved ones is the “fear factor” associated with inviting people in and reaching out. Talking to new people or even inviting friends over can be scary. Organizing an activity, such as a potluck dinner party or game night, is one approach to relieving stress. When they invite people over, there will be clear expectations about what each person will be accountable for, alleviating some of the strain of being a good host. Family caregivers or companions can also assist by providing transport for guests, handling invites, cooking, or preparing the house before the big event.
Experience Senior Living at Morada Temple
As a resident at Morada Temple, you’ll get to choose from multiple senior living options and exclusive senior living programs. With our resort-style amenities, you will surely feel at ease with us. To learn more, contact us today!