Just like our bodies and minds go through changes, so do our social circles. You may miss workplace camaraderie or maybe the card club no longer meets. Some of your friends may no longer be with you.
Socialization is an important aspect of living a healthy, fulfilled life. People who maintain close friendships and find other ways to interact socially live longer than those who become isolated, according to The University of Rochester Medical Center. Relationships and interactions even boost your immune system and help protect against illness.
Just like making childhood friends or business connections, you must take time and initiative during all stages of life to maintain relationships and expand your social circle.
Strike a conversation
Get to know the people around you. Chances are you see them regularly and likely have common interest. A great friend could be living right next door.
It can become easy to get set in our ways. However, try to keep your mind open toward new people and new activities. Be open to befriending people who may have different interests. They may open a door to a new hobby or activity.
Technology can be a great way to widen your social circle and meet new people. Try setting up a Facebook profile. Use it to stay in touch with old friends, new friends and family members.
Explore your surroundings
Check out the community activity center, fitness center and dining area for opportunities to meet and talk with fellow seniors. They are likely there for the exact same reason -- to meet new people and enhance their overall well-being.
Find out more about the amazing senior citizens and activities at Sugar Hill Retirement Community. Give us a call at 603.569.8485 or schedule a tour today.