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Making Friends in Your 60s

Monday, 20 July 2020

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Community connection plays a vital role in both our physical and mental well-being, particularly during our senior years. Staying social and getting out and about can help reduce health problems, give you purpose and allow you to live independent for longer. At Oak Tree, our retirement villages are designed to help you meet new companions, foster existing friendships and maintain that important sense of connectivity during retirement.

Despite everything we know about the importance of maintaining social connections as we get older, finding friends after 60 can be a challenge. As we age, the easy social connections that we enjoyed as schoolmates, parents and colleagues change. Family members are busy with their own lives, we lose the daily interaction with work colleagues, social engagement opportunities diminish, and we can start losing our loved ones.

Here are some top tips on how to make friends at 60:

Connect with Genuity

Often there are times that we get to caught up with our own concerns – such as what others will think of us, what we should say next or what our next action should be – that we miss the whole point of a friendship. When you meet new people for the first time show warmth and respect and do things because you want to and not because you have to.

Pursue your hobbies and interests

By pursuing hobbies and interests that you are passionate about, you are surely going to meet new friends that have similar interests. Whether it’s signing up to the local bowls club, playing a round of golf or joining a local bush walking group there are plenty of things to do to keep you physically, mentally and socially active.

Engage in a new activity or take a class

There are so many hours in a day and so many possibilities for things to do to meet people and make potential friendships. Start to research what classes and activities are available in your community. Your local council offers a wide variety of activities through specialised programs and events. From events in libraries to exhilarating performances and workshops there is plenty on offer.

Volunteer

Every community needs volunteers and everyone has skills that they can share. Plus it’s a great way to meet like-minded people in the community. Think about what you care about and offer your time to volunteer to that cause.

With a network of new and old friends, Oak Tree will help you stay active and connected in your senior years.

To find out more about Oak Tree Retirement Villages, call 1300 367 155.