There are a number of life transitions that can have a impact on how we socialize such as, changes in health and mobility, changes in work status and income, and changes in living arrangements are just a few examples. Transportation is also often an issue when driving is no longer an option. Does this mean that you have to be isolated? Of course not! Here are some suggestions on getting and staying active.
Healthy aging is linked to meaningful activity and a sense of belonging. The less involved someone is, the more at risk he or she is for being socially isolated or disconnected from the community. Staying socially active and maintaining interpersonal relationships can help you maintain good physical and emotional health and cognitive function. Keeping your social connections are as important as caring to your physical wellbeing.
· Get involved in your community. Inquire about civic and volunteer opportunities. Often when you are working with people with similar interests and commitments, it is likely that you will make connections.
· Learn something new. Take a course in something that interests you. Chances are you will meet like-minded people.
· Join a club or group. A book club, knitting club, golf group or garden club as these meet-ups are a great way to get introduced to new people that share similar interests.
· Visit family. Pick a day of the week to visit with family either in person or via telephone or Skype.
· Learn new technology. Learning to use the internet will give you the ability to connect with your family and friends via email or social media.
· Join a gym. As mentioned before, staying physically active is also important for seniors.
It’s not uncommon for senior citizens to become socially and intellectually withdrawn. But if you make an effort to stay engaged as you get older, you will find more joy and satisfaction in life and a good chance you will stay healthier.
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