Tips on how to make new friends as a senior

seniorfriendDuring certain phases of life, making friends can be relatively easy, especially when you are exposed to a lot of different people while at school, work, or when you are a parent of young children. Though, making friends for senior citizens can at times be difficult for particular reasons, like relocation or retirement.

As a senior, there may be less opportunities to meet new people, as well as there may be more resistance to making new friends at this point in life, but making and maintaining close relationships is actually important to your health physically, emotionally, and mentally. According to research, making these types of bonds can positively affect your self-esteem and longevity.

Here are some tips for seniors to make close relationships at this stage in their lives.

  • Don’t get stuck in the idea that everybody already has all the friends they need
    There is no way of knowing who is searching for new connections, before trying to engage with someone, but there is a big chance that some people may also be trying to communicate with new people, just like you.
  • Accept Invitations
    Even if you are not completely convinced you will have the best time, just getting out may increase the chance of meeting new people you may find you have a connection with.
  • Senior Centers are not what they use to be
    These days’ senior centers have expanded beyond bingo nights and now many centers offer a variety of classes, activities, and trips. It would be a great idea to try something new you are interested in or something you’ve never thought about doing, the experience may lead you to making new connections in the shared experiences.
  • Take a risk
    The most important part of making new connections is to be open minded and open to putting yourself out there. If you meet someone you find easy to talk to, you can ask for an email address and see where it leads you.