Thursday, August 6, 2009

Tips on Staying Social

How can we ensure that strong human connections continue to be an integral part of our lives as we age? Aging experts recommend staying involved in religious and community functions, maintaining a network of friends and family with whom we regularly interact, and volunteering in organizations that get us out and among other people. Here are just some of the options available for staying connected:
  • Pursue social activities, like wine tastings, lecture programs, or traveling with friends.
  • Get involved in projects that require you to have regular contact with others, like planning a gathering for a club, organizing a card- or game-playing night with friends, or helping out with a church supper.

  • Investigate the options for social interactions available in your community — take advantage of programs and services offered at community and senior centers.

  • Seek out people who may share your interests by getting involved at your place of worship, in clubs, and in other organizations.

  • Volunteer for a cause you believe in by contacting a local nonprofit organization, such as a charity you find meaningful, or a local school or museum.
  • Get connected while you improve your health: Join a walking or biking club or your local fitness center, go out golfing, or take yoga or cooking classes.
  • Take an adult-education or college course in something that interests you — you might be amazed at how much you enjoy going back to school!

  • Consider animal companionship, too. Furry, finned, and feathered friends can bring great joy, love, and meaning into our lives. Animal shelters are full of potential companions looking for good homes. (They can also be great places to volunteer.)

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There are many resources to help you connect with opportunities for social interaction in your community. And once you get going, you may find you’re having so much fun it’s hard to stop!

Have any other great ideas that are not listed? Please add your comments.

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