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How to Make Friends as a Senior Citizen

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As we get older, it’s important to socialize and maintain friendships. The joy of sharing a laugh with someone can’t be overstated, and we should always offer unconditional love and support to the seniors in our lives. So our team at Parsons House Austin has a list of ways senior citizens can make friends with the people around them!

If you’re looking to meet new people, why not:

  1. Try a new hobby
  2. Continue your education
  3. Send social invitations
  4. Volunteer in the community
  5. Join a local support group
  6. Take a vacation
  7. Consider a move to senior living

Try a New Hobby

Exploring a new hobby can be an exciting way to meet like-minded individuals. And it doesn’t have to be something you already know how to do! It’s important to nurture personal growth, so why not try something new? Try:

  • Cooking classes
  • Gardening clubs
  • Book clubs
  • Art workshops
  • Dance classes
  • Writing groups

Try to pick something that sounds interesting to you. Maybe there’s something you’ve always had an interest in, but you never had the time to try. If so, this is the perfect time, and you can meet new folks while you’re at it.

Continue Your Education

It’s important to keep the brain sharp as you age, so it could be the perfect time to continue your education. It’s never too late to learn something new, after all.

Many local community colleges offer programs specifically designed for seniors looking to further their education. You can learn something new, pursue your interests, and meet people who have a similar passion! And it never hurts to continue your education—learning new things has wonderful benefits for seniors, after all.

So why not sign up for that class you’ve always wanted to take?

Send Social Invitations

Sometimes, it can be as simple as reaching out to an old friend. Set up a small get-together and recommend that people bring their friends or families. It’s a great way to rekindle old friendships and make new ones as you meet your friend’s loved ones.

You can set up:

  • Coffee meetups at local cafes
  • Potluck dinners at your home
  • Group outings to a museum or park
  • Movie nights featuring your favorite films
  • Picnics in a local park
  • Game nights with board games or card games
  • Book club meetings

So call a friend up and try to arrange something. It could even be as simple as dropping by for a quick visit!

Volunteer in the Community

Volunteering offers a rewarding experience. You can give back to your community, support a cause you’re interested in, and meet new people while you’re at it. Take a look around for:

  • Mentoring programs
  • Animal shelters
  • Historic societies
  • Support groups
  • Shelters for the less fortunate

Many organizations appreciate the wisdom and experience seniors can bring to a volunteer program. And it gives you a chance to mentor the next generation and pass along what you’ve learned. It’s never a bad idea to make the world a better place—and make a difference.

Join a Local Support Group

Life can be a journey. It’s full of change, full of interesting things, and plenty of people will come into your life. But that doesn’t mean it comes without hardship.

It can help to join a group in the area if you’re feeling isolated or alone. It can be a great way to meet people who understand what you’re going through. Some support groups are designed for seniors specifically, so don’t hesitate to look around and see if there’s a group that’s right for you. 

Whether it’s a book club, a therapy group, or even a fitness class, it can help to surround yourself with like-minded people near your age so you can share your story.

Take a Vacation

If you’re looking for a change of pace, why don’t you take a vacation? It can be a fantastic way to meet new people. After all, you’ll be visiting the same place and seeing similar sights, so you already have an icebreaker. Relax, enjoy the trip, and strike up a conversation with the person next to you—a stranger is just a friend you haven’t met yet!

The shared experience of exploring a new place can lead to lasting friendships. You can learn more about other cultures, see new sights, and make memories to treasure forever—along with your new friendship with your travel buddy.

A senior man with a cane with a nurse and other seniors, smiling and looking directly at the camera.

Consider a Move to Senior Living

Sometimes, the answer can be simple: consider a move to senior living, like our community at Parsons House Austin. We offer unconditional love and support to each and every one of our residents, and we’re here to help you. We believe in celebrating life and serving our elders, and every one of our team members wants to help. So book a tour with us today!

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