Making friends was easy as kids and young adults and even as parents of growing kids. As we age, meeting new acquaintances can be a little trickier but not impossible. Some common excuses people make for not making new friends are that there are fewer opportunities to meet new people, they are resistant to forming new relationships later in life, or they feel their social skills are inept. For that reason, it is even more important to make a concerted effort because close relationships with others can improve your health and longevity.
Here are some places and ways to make new friends:
Local Community Center – senior centers have a variety of classes, activities and even trips. Many churches and synagogues are welcoming to new parishioners and host many events.
Take a part-time job or volunteer – for a few hours a week. It will expose you to new people and keeps your mind stimulated.
Pursue your own interests and hobbies – find something you're passionate about and start conversations with others who have the same interests.
Get online – We live in a technological age. Social networking sites like Facebook, allow us to connect with family and friends and offer a way to meet new people.
Don’t Resist – Old age doesn’t mean you have all the friends you need. No one can have too many friends. Be open and patient, friendships take time to develop.
Making new friends isn’t complicated, but you have to be willing to take a risk. Making the effort to participate in community activities and events will increase your chances of meeting new people. After all, friends are sometimes found in unlikely places.