We feel happier when we are among our close friends. But did you know that healthy friendships are also beneficial for your health and well-being? This is especially true and important for mature adults. After all, mature adults that interact more were found to be happier, healthier, less stressed, and less prone to get depressed than those who interact less. And given how those in their golden years are at a higher risk of suffering from loneliness and isolation, meeting and interacting with new people is especially important. Thus, here are some places you can go to meet other mature adults.
Facebook and Other Social Media
If you are more tech-savvy or love using online platforms, consider using social media to meet new people. Not only is it a good way for you to casually interact with other mature adults, but it is also a lot more convenient. In fact, you can still talk to others even if you are homebound. In addition, you can also choose to meet new people, or reconnect with old friends that may have shifted away. In particular, you can join Facebook groups that interest you or stay connected with senior-focused groups that are located near your community. However, if Facebook is not your cup of tea, there are also other social media platforms available like Skype or LinkedIn.
Love to garden or appreciate beautiful sceneries? If your answer is yes, a gardening club will be perfect for you. Not only is gardening a healthy and rewarding hobby for you, but a gardening club will also allow you to connect with people of similar interests. In addition, you can pursue your passion and hone your gardening skills. Now, you can grow your very own flowers, vegetables, herbs, and shrubs with your new friends.
Senior Travel Clubs
Do you love to travel around to see new sceneries, explore new cultures, or taste new food? If you do, consider joining a senior traveling club. Not only will this allow you to visit places that you may have always wanted to see, but you can meet others with similar interests, and enjoy the trip with them. In addition, you can choose from a variety of travel types. Be it a short day trip, or a longer vacation, you can always choose a group outing that best suits your preference.
Seniors Fitness Class
As you may know, exercising is beneficial for your health. But did you know that it can also allow you to meet new people, and experience the joy of having more friendships? And one of the best ways to experience this is by joining senior fitness classes. Additionally, exercising or doing yoga with others will make the activity more fun and engaging. For instance, you can join gyms like 24 Hour Fitness, Tivity Health, or communities like YMCA for classes specially catered for those in their golden years.
Volunteering is another great way to meet other mature adults. Not only can you experience the joy of helping someone, but it can also be a wonderful way to spend your free time with new friends. Here is a tip. Visit the AARP for a list of groups where mature adults can volunteer at. This will allow you to also be in touch with other mature adults who care about some of the same things you do.