By Heather McCallum – Activities Director
Being active and connecting with others socially can greatly influence our positive outlook on life and improve our health too. The older population in the U.S. continues to increase and more adults will live alone more than any other time of our country’s history. Social isolation among this age group is a growing concern (World Health Organization 2002).
People who are 65 years and over rank relationships with family and friends as one of the important parts of life, proving that maintaining a feeling of connectedness performs a vital role as one ages. So, how can older adults maintain healthy social connections?
Staying connected may mean reinventing yourself; finding new things you enjoy, learning to adapt to change, staying physically and socially active, and feeling connected to the community and family. Living in a retirement community can really help you explore new activities and find new friendships.
Every adult is different and each one has a unique way of experiencing social activity and staying connected. Below is a short list to begin your active and social journey.
- Pick up a long-neglected hobby
- Get involved in your community (volunteer or attend a local event)
- Be in nature (take a walk, have a picnic, go fishing, enjoy a scenic view)
- Learn to paint (visit a museum, go to a concert or a play)
- Take a yoga class
- Play with your grandchildren or a favorite pet
- Go on a weekend trip to a place you’ve never visited
- Learn something new (an instrument, a foreign language, a new game)
Staying connected will give added joy to your life. The important thing is to find activities that are enjoyable. Taking time to nourish your spirit will have an outstanding effect on your life.
What activities have helped you stay connected? Learn more about Senior Wellness.