November 2 2018
Sadly, it’s all too common in America for senior citizens to start having trouble keeping up their social lives. Kids move away, friends and family members start passing on, your working career ends, and as persistent aches and pains start piling up it becomes all too easy to find reasons to not get out as often.
However, our need for human interaction doesn’t go away as we grow older. If you let yourself become isolated and alone, you could end up becoming stressed, depressed, and anxious. None of those things are good for your health even at the best of times, and if you let the situation continue it could cut years off your lifespan.
Fortunately, there’s still a world full of people out there no matter how old you get, so if you find yourself losing track of your old social circles you can always go out and meet some new people. Not only will this give you a reason to leave your house and start enjoying life again, it’ll also help you stay active and keep your mind sharp. There are a few simple ways you can start building or rebuilding your social life:
• Sign up for a new activity or pastime. You might not be able to do as much as you did when you were younger, but there are plenty of programs out there aimed at senior citizens that demand different levels of activity.
• Move into assisted-living housing. Places like these can take care of basic household chores and offer in-home medical visits, and they also give you plenty of nearby neighbors who are in the same age range as you. They also help organize activities for all their residents.
• Start volunteering around town. Just about every skill you learned during your career could come in handy depending on the type of volunteer work, or you could use this as an opportunity to learn something new.
• Organize your own club or get-together. If you can’t find something you like around town, you could always put something together yourself and see if you can find others who want to join you.
Old age has a way of winding everything down, but it’s up to you to decide how far you let things go. Senior citizens may have more trouble getting around, but you don’t have to let that stop you from getting around at all. Instead, you should reach out and find something new, because life isn’t over until it’s over.