Stay Connected and Expand Your Social Circle
Every person needs social connections to thrive, but when older adults experience loneliness and social isolation, they may suffer negative health consequences including depression, anxiety, dementia, a weakened immune system and admission to nursing homes. It is essential to stay connected!
- Schedule a time every day to call a friend or visit someone.
- Schedule an activity for different days of the week and invite others to join you: Movie Monday, Taco Tuesday, Walking Wednesday, Tango Thursday and Facebook Friday are just some ideas.
- Take a class to learn something new or revisit an old hobby.
- Volunteer for a good cause.
- Join or start up a book club.
- Learn how to use social media and other technologies, for example at https://aarptek.aarp.org/social-media/.
For additional ideas, visit www.Connect2Affect.org, a website with free videos, games and tips to help older adults build social connections.