How to Stay Socially Engaged as You Age

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Seniors with strong social connections benefit from having the support they need to maintain their physical health while combating loneliness. While it may seem daunting to seek out new friendships after retirement, there are many ways to connect with your loved ones and meet others who share your interests. If you are ready to build relationships that will bring joy to your golden years, then these fun ideas will help keep your social calendar filled with exciting opportunities to connect.

  • Join a Senior Exercise Group – Today’s seniors know that exercise is the key to long-lasting health. However, it can be hard to stay motivated for working out alone in your house. Check into some of your local gyms and recreation centers to find out about group classes that are designed for seniors. If you prefer to exercise at home, invite a friend, family member or professional Caledon caregiver over, and do your workout together.
  • Attend Community Events – In almost every city, free and low-cost events are available that are designed for fostering a sense of community. From outdoor concerts to seasonal festivals, there is always something new to enjoy. Find out what is on your community’s upcoming schedule of events. Then, ask a friend or loved one to come along.
  • Engage with Technology – Whether you are recovering from an illness or the weather is just not suitable for venturing out, there may be times when you need to find ways to stay socially engaged from home. Fortunately, technology has made it possible to maintain your relationships from any location. Set up a social media account that allows you to message your friends and family. If you have long-distance loved ones, a video chat can make it seem as if they are right in your living room as you enjoy a conversation and catch up on recent events.
  • Establish a Regular Lunch Date – As you get to know new people, begin to establish regular times when you get together for a visit. One way to do this is to establish a standing lunch date that you can look forward to all week. Sharing a meal with someone else will not only help you to stay on track with a healthy diet, but it will also provide a mental boost that will have you looking forward to your next opportunity to visit with your favorite companion.

As a leading provider of senior home care in Caledon, we encourage seniors to maintain their social calendar as much as possible. For seniors who may not have friends and family nearby, the friendly and compassionate caregivers at Home Care Assistance are available to provide reliable transportation and accompaniment to events around town. For more information, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at 905-951-8885 – a Care Manager will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have.