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Guide to Forming Friendships - Introduction

We believe that our series of laterlife Guides is a valuable resource for laterlife readers, so we want to remind you what's there and encourage you to make use of the guides. Each month we highlight the latest guide we've updated, so even if you've taken a look before, it's worth another visit to remind yourself and see the latest updates.
This month we're taking a look at our Guide to Forming Friendships.

When we leave work it's important that we replace the social contact that we get in the work place. Work gives us that very important contact with people that provides us with friendship, mental stimulation and so on. We need to replace it with social contact from elsewhere once we leave work.


The first page tells us exactly why it's important to maintain and even increase our social contact in retirement and provides an introduction to some of the ways that we can do it.


The second page talks about the importance of joining in and how doing some of those things that are important in retirement - keeping physically and mentally fit and taking up hobbies - can help us to meet new people. There are specific examples and links that might help.


Page 3 of the Guide gives help on how taking holidays and breaks can assist us to meet people. There are links to companies that specialise in holidays and breaks for the over 50s and for people travelling alone.
For those people who would like to specific individuals, the next page deals with dating for the over 50s. There are links to pages that will tell you how to do this safely and that will take you to reputable dating agencies. There is also advice on what to look for in a dating agency.


The last page to tell you about is concerned with a somewhat different way of forming friendships - by social networking on the Internet. There is information on some of the social networking sites that are out there on the Internet together with some background to them and specific links to take you there.


It's important that we have social contact once we retire and as we get older. Through social contact come friendships and we need friends in later life. So look through the Guide and discover some easy, interesting and pleasant ways through which to form new friendships.


Take a look, too, at all the other guides in our series packed full of useful information and, if you have any thoughts, please share them with us.

This Guide is written by Retirement Specialist Dave Sinclair supported by members of the LaterLife team. As well as writing on retirement matters Dave is Training Director at LaterLife and responsible for the content and continuous improvement of LaterLife's Retirement Courses.
 

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