Growing your Social Network in later life
For many of us, making friends in later life, and
particularly after we retire, can prove a challenge. It isn’t necessarily
very easy to do but, on the other hand, it’s something that is important as
we get older.
Having friends helps us to keep mentally fit and even, to a certain extent,
physically fit in that we are likely to do various activities if we have
someone to do them with. It also gives us an outward, rather than an inward,
view of the world, thereby helping us to take an active interest in things,
from politics to the state of our local football team.
Below are great ways of growing your Social Network and enjoying your time in later life.
Remember, too, that activities such as being involved with voluntary work
and undertaking some sort of continued education can also be excellent ways
of meeting people. Of course, that is not their primary purpose but it can
be a very good by-product of these things. Again, though, think about the
type of activity you undertake if you do want to meet people: doing an Open
University degree may not be the ideal way to make new friends (although
through tutor groups and summer school it’s not impossible).
For more ideas and help, read our Guide to Forming Friendships, which will help you with more thoughts and ideas about how to go about increasing your social network.