Staying connected with your community is important for individuals of all ages, but it can be especially important for older adults who typically spend more time alone and are more likely to experience social isolation. Social isolation can have a significant impact on our overall health, making us feel lonely and disconnected from the world around us. Studies show that social isolation can lead to higher risks of depression, anxiety, heart disease, and cognitive decline.
Take a look at tips for connecting with your community, keeping in touch with family, and even making new friends along the way:
1. Start a new hobby
It’s never too late to learn something new! A great way to meet new people and connect about a common interest is through local clubs and groups. Perhaps you’d be interested in a book club, gardening club, knitting club, or walking group? Or maybe you’re interested in attending local events on a variety or topics? Your local Senior Center is a great place to start your search for a new hobby or local events happening in your community.
Volunteering for a local program or organization is a great opporunity for social interaction. You will naturally have a chance to meet people with similar interests while supporting a good cause in your community. Bonus: Volunteering is also a great way to boost your mental health and learn new skills! View programs and organizations to contact and get started as a volunteer:
- United Way of Coastal and Western Connecticut
- Agency on Aging of South Central Connecticut
- Volunteer Match
- Age Well CT’s Activities & Work Resources
3. Connect virtually
Today’s access to technology makes it easy to connect with friends and family, or even reconnect with old friends from the past. Make it a priority to stay in touch with family, friends, and neighbors by email, social media, or even through video chats. If you need help getting started, reach out to your local community center or library to see if they offer technology classes for older adults.
Staying connected with the community as an older adult is crucial for maintaining a vibrant and happy lifestyle. We hope you get a chance to make new connections in your community this fall!