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How to Stay Social after 60

group of older friends gathered around a table, eating and talking, having a good time

In the spirit of February, the month of love, let's focus on showing love to ourselves by embracing habits that foster both mental and physical well-being.

As we get older, we naturally tend to be less active. We can start to settle into inactive routines, and our health can start to decline, both mentally and physically. Our risk of isolation can increase and promote loneliness, sleeplessness, and even anxiety.

Socializing can be an effective way to improve your health by boosting your mood, increasing your memory recall, and promoting physical exercise (which can help keep your joints healthy). Regardless of what it is that you do, just make sure to get out there and stay socially active.

If you're not sure what you can do or need a little help figuring it out, here are a few things you can try:


1. Meet Up with Friends

You don't have to go anywhere special. Go out for lunch or a coffee, and just catch up with one another. You can do this weekly or even daily. Spending quality time with your friends is sure to improve your mood.


2. Join a Club

Clubs are a great way to meet people who share similar interests as you. It can be a movie club, a book club, or even a game club.


3. Get Out There & Travel

Traveling keeps you engaged, active, and moving. It can open up new opportunities and force you to get out of your comfort zone and meet new people. So pack your bags, my friend!

Traveling isn't just about ticking off places on a map; it's about falling in love with the world. If solo trips aren't your jam, no worries! There are senior-friendly travel groups that you can join.


4. Volunteer

Volunteering can help you make a positive impact in your community, and it can also keep you connected to people who share similar values as you.


Show your joints some love.


5. Try Community Gardening

Get your hands dirty in community gardens. It's not just about veggies; it's about growing connections with neighbors and soaking up that Vitamin D.

This type of activity can keep you involved in your community, allow you to interact with your neighbors, get you outside, and promote healthier eating habits.

Love grows best in well-nourished soil, right?


6. Join an Exercise Class

This is a great way to connect with others while also getting in your daily exercise. There are many different types of exercise classes out there from yoga to swimming and you're sure to find one that works for you.


7. Switch It Up

You don't have to attend the same event or meet up with the same people every day. Switch up your activities to meet new people. It can be as simple as going to the coffee shop or karaoke night, or it can be joining a new group activity. Whatever it is, make sure it's something you enjoy.


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