There are thousands of seniors across North America living alone. In 2018, statistics show that 26% of women in the USA between 65 and 74 live alone. It’s not all that different for the senior men and women across all of North America. There is no need to be lonely. Read on for some seniors meeting seniors friendship tips for single seniors.
It can be very depressing to live in your own home by yourself with no friends for companionship. Sure, family members might drop by now and then, but for the most part they have their own lives to live.
In this technological age there is no need for any senior to be disconnected from the world if they are willing to make an effort to widen their social network. It’s important to understand that no matter what city you live in there are many seniors just like you living on their own who would most likely welcome new friends into their life.
The biggest problem is, they don’t know how to go about it.
The key to making new friends is to get yourself involved in activities that put you in contact with seniors much like yourself.
VOLUNTEER AND MEET NEW PEOPLE
Volunteering is a great way to meet new people.
Should you have access to a computer, it’s very easy to search for volunteer opportunities in your town or city. Many people don’t realize how Google Search is a window to the world. It can access anything for you once you know how to use it.
When looking for volunteer opportunities in your area it’s simply a matter of asking Google the right question. For instance, you don’t want to just type in Volunteer Opportunities for Seniors.
Should you do that you’ll get volunteer opportunities all over the world. Be sure to put in the name of your city. For instance, Volunteer Opportunities for Seniors in Portland.
You will be sure to get dozens or even hundreds of volunteer opportunities. You can narrow if down even further if you know what area you would like to volunteer in. For instance, you could type in Portland Food Bank Volunteer Opportunities for Seniors if you think you would like to volunteer at the local food bank.
Perhaps the best way to make contact with other seniors from a volunteer standpoint is to look for volunteer opportunities to help other seniors. This is especially a great idea if you do not have mobility issues and have access to a car.
There are many seniors who need help with everyday tasks like grocery shopping or getting to doctor appointments. You will be doing a great service, and at the same time have the opportunity to make new friends.
MAKE SOME FITNESS FRIENDS
Every senior should be spending time on a regular basis working on their fitness.
Swimming is one of the best exercises for seniors who want to improve their balance. This is important as better balance reduces the risk of falling. We all know that when seniors fall it’s very easy to get injured. Being seniors, we just don’t recover as fast.
Finding an exercise group that suits you is a great way to make new friends. The best part of all is that they are like-minded. The other seniors you meet also put a priority on fitness and right away you have something in common.
Why not go for coffee or lunch after a workout with any new friends you might make? Most mall-walking groups will go for coffee or breakfast after their workout. What better way to spend a cold winter day when walking outside is not an option?
MAKE FRIENDS ON SOCIAL MEDIA
Many people are big fans of social media and if you happen to be one of them then it’s very possible to meet new friends on your social media of choice.
Chances are you can join a Facebook Group that is from your city. Once you get to know a bit about someone on Facebook you might try meeting up with them in person.
This is not necessarily the best, or safest, way to meet members of the opposite sex, but it’s a great way for women to meet other senior women who have interests in common.
Some people are perfectly happy just having online Facebook friends and they may never meet in person. That’s not a bad idea either as it opens up lines of communication and helps prevent loneliness.
JOIN YOUR COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
Pretty much every community has an association you can join.
For instance, my community has movie nights, game nights, and even a potluck dinner once a month. Sometimes they even have Jazz nights featuring some local Jazz groups.
The beauty of making friends in your community is that they will most likely live quite close to you. They might even live on your block. This makes it very easy to hook up and spend time together.
It also works well if you travel and need someone to check up on your home while you are gone. Because friends you make in your community live close by it’s an easy matter for them to drop by and check things out.
THE HUNTSMAN SENIOR GAMES
Perhaps you have never heard of the Huntsman’s World Senior Games, but it might be right down your alley.
Once a year seniors from around the world meet up in St. George, Utah and take part in a range of athletic events. Some events are running, triathlon, swimming, team sports, and numerous track events.
It’s no problem if you don’t happen to be an athlete or have mobility issues that prevent you from taking part in physically challenging events.
There is also lawn bowling, cards, and many other options that do not require you to be an athlete. In short, the Huntsman Senior Games are for every senior.
Even seniors in their 90s compete in some track events.
Should you happen to enjoy team sports, why not form your own team from your area to travel to Utah with? For instance, it might be a slow pitch ball team or soccer team. There are many age categories so whatever event you sign up for you whether it is an individual or team sport you will compete with seniors your own age.
What an excellent way to make lifelong friends that could live anywhere in the world. Who knows, you might even decide to visit their city and have them visit yours. The possibilities are endless.
Personally, joining Toastmasters was one of the best things I ever did.
Not only am I becoming more comfortable talking to large groups, but I am also meeting a lot of new people. In a matter of a few months, it’s almost like having an extended family.
At first, I was a bit leery of giving it a try, but now I look forward to the weekly meetings. One of the things you will soon find out if you decide to join Toastmasters International is how supportive everyone is to new members.
For Christmas, my Toastmaster group had a potluck dinner complete with a gift exchange and it was great.
Pretty much every city has Toastmaster groups so it shouldn’t be too difficult to find one you can join. You can be a guest as many times as you like and if you like what you see, you can become a member.
Should you stay inside your home and never venture out it stands to reason that you will be lonely. People are not going to show up and just knock on your door to see if you would like to strike up a friendship.
You have to make the effort to take that first step and be proactive in creating new friendships. Sure, at first it might mean being a bit out of your comfort zone if you are new to group activities. However, if you give it a try you will soon find out that it’s not really so daunting after all.
Most people who are lonely bring it on themselves. They don’t make the effort necessary to get themselves out in the world and that’s very sad because it doesn’t have to be that way. I’m 70 and was like that for years, but getting involved with social groups has been amazing and has opened up a whole world of possibilities.
Try it. You just might change your life for the better, forever.
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