Keeping in touch with family and friends can grow difficult as we age. Our children may move away to another city to work. It may be more difficult for us to get out to spend time with others. Staying connected socially becomes almost impossible. Our quality of life diminishes due to loneliness and isolation. Thankfully there are more ways than ever to meet new people and keep in touch with our friends and loved ones.
Technology has been a life saver for many, especially seniors. Seniors are now going online to have video chats with their grandchildren, to join social media in order to meet new people and to become members of groups to discuss their interests online. Platforms such as Skype and Facetime enable seniors to make video calls, adding an extra dimension to the regular phone call. Many senior groups now have websites, quite often with a chat area so seniors can talk to each other and not feel so alone.
Volunteering isn’t for everyone and many seniors with mobility problems find it difficult to get out of the house to volunteer at all. Contact your local senior centre or a society you would like to volunteer for. Find out if you can make phone calls for them or send emails. There are more ways to volunteer than you think!
Most community colleges and senior centres offer a variety of classes that would interest any older adult. Painting, wood carving, knitting, the list goes on. Once again, if you can’t get out, look online. There are classes and videos that can teach you almost anything.
Finding ways to stay involved in your community may take a bit of thought but look around and you’ll see how many organizations and people need help. There are many lonely adults and seniors. We know that aging well involves staying connected with others. You may have to use a bit of ingenuity but it’s worth it to be happy and healthy as you age.