How to Make New Friends and Maintain Friendships
Throughout this series, we’ve talked about a wide variety of topics concerning making new friends as a senior, from the importance of making new friends, to how children can help their aging parents meet new people and maintain friendships.
As we mentioned, the benefits of making new friends are far-reaching, from improving mental cognition, to possibly helping prevent Alzheimers and dementia and elderly depression. As such, having friends is an important part of maintaining your aging loved ones health and overall well-being.
We’ve already discussed a few ways you can help your aging loved one make friends. So, to finish of our series, we are going to outline a few ways they can help themselves.
Pick up a new hobby. It’s never too late to pick up a new hobby. Branching out and trying new things allows you to meet new people who may have similar interests to you. One of the best ways to make new friends is by sharing an experience where you can learn together. Look for classes offered by senior homes/community centers or even local colleges/universities. More often than not, there are at least a few courses that are open to the public.
Look for community events that interest you.
Like a new hobby, consider going out to community events that look interesting to you. Whether it is a book signing by your favorite author, an outdoor yoga/tai chi class, or an art class, these kinds of events give you a great opportunity to meet others. The plus side is that these events are often free or of little to no cost to you.
Consider a part-time job or volunteering opportunities.
If you are retired, a part-time job can be a great way to get out and meet others, fill up your day, as well as put a little extra cash in your pocket. Or, better yet, consider volunteering for a non-profit organization that you would like to support, as this requires even less of a time commitment on your part.
No matter what you choose to do, try to remember that making friends will take some time. Great friendships are never rushed and you should always feel comfortable and not forced to be with a person simply because you want some company. So, take your time and let things happen naturally in turn, you may end up meeting some really great people.
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