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Later Lifestyle Clubs

One way of forming friendships is to join some sort of social club - be it for all age groups or specifically for the Over 50s or Over 60s. We can meet people in a comfortable environment and get to know them. Some will remain acquaintances and others will become friends, which is the pattern that we no doubt encountered at work.

There are many social clubs all around the country that cater specifically for older people and it may well be that there is an Over 50s or 60s club near you, run by the Council or some other local group. If you contact your local council or go into your local Age Concern shop or Citizen's Advice Bureau, you will be able to find out what's available near you.

However, you may not have heard of Laterlifestyle Clubs, which are a relatively new concept aimed at over 50s but particularly new retirees and those approaching retirement, who want to make the most of retirement and to have an active and sociable retirement.

Laterlifestyle Clubs are a new idea to match the changing opportunities that retirement brings today. As a group, we're living longer and are fitter and healthier when we do retire. At the same time, many of the old issues about retirement remain, one of them being the need to replace the social contact that we get through work with new acquaintances and friends. We are encouraging formation of Later Lifestyle Clubs with this in mind, to form friendships and undertake all sorts of activities with those new friends. So whether you're single or have a partner, joining or helping form a Later Lifestyle club will help you to make the most of retirement

To find out more about them, go to  Meanwhile, read on to find out a little bit more about them.

It is intended that the clubs will offer activities such as:

  • The opportunity to try new experiences and take up new interests
  • A framework for looking after your health, fitness and nutrition
  • A social environment to meet like-minded people, share ideas and join together to do things of common interest
  • the opportunity to discover things of interest both locally and further afield
  • A leisure and social programme
  • An environment for starting new things and recapturing some of that 'spirit of the 60s'.
  • A strong local linkage and the opportunity to 'give something back'.

Guide to Forming Friendships links

Have a look at and ask for more information. Helping set up a club could be the single, easiest way of forming friends in later life.

Now read the rest of the Guide, by clicking on the links in the box, to get yet more ideas about forming friendships.

If you have any good ideas and tips to help people in this important area of later life, please let us know at and we'll include it in the Guide.

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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