Staying Social As We Age

Staying Social As We Age

So many aspects of life tend to change as the years go by. But we’re here to tell you that there’s no reason to go it alone! This post calls to mind an ever-relevant line brought to us by the Beatles “I get by with a little help from my friends.” “Friends” in this case, can be anyone in your life, young or old, related or not. And though your social circle may be comprised of many different members over time, staying social will provide you an array of benefits as you age. Here are some tips on proactively making social interaction a priority for you.

Stay Active/Stay Social

This may seem obvious, but the better shape you’re in, the more activities you’ll continue to be able to participate in over time! This means that prioritizing your health and fitness today may open the door for all sorts of social activities including participation in group exercise classes, travel groups, club-sponsored social events, playing tennis, or just gathering in the lobby for a cup of coffee. Elite has plenty of opportunities for its members to stay social. The more active you are, the more involved socially you will become. As always, start slow and develop a regimen that works for you. You’ll find that it becomes less of a chore and more of a standard daily activity–one you can even invite friends or family to join you in. This includes eating well! Socially speaking, your health is your wealth!

“Un” Retire

A 2010 research report published by an economist at Harvard Medical School found that more than a quarter of retirees begin working again. And why shouldn’t they? There seems to be a race to the finish line of your last day of work. But so often people are left with one question burning once they get there… “ok, what now?”

Whether or not you take the term literally, exploring the concept of “un-retiring” can mean going back to your previous job in a part-time function, or something different entirely. Tap in to the network of colleagues you’ve built to understand what new and potentially exciting form your job can take after retirement. If you’re up for the adventure, try something new! Along the way, you’ll be rewarded by the structure of routine, regular social interaction, and the satisfaction of a full day here and there.

Lend a Helping Hand and Volunteer!

If you happen to find some extra time on your hands and are willing to donate it elsewhere, volunteering can be a very rewarding way to do it! Aside from the satisfaction of helping others, you may learn a completely new skill and expand your social circle at the same time. Some of the most impactful change you might be able to make is likely right in your backyard, so try jumping on Google to find volunteer opportunities with these organizations who typically have local offices: Food Pantries, National Parks, Museums, Libraries, Schools, Political Offices, Red Cross, or Habitat For Humanity.

Embrace Social Media

Facebook boasts over 2.23 billion users. That’s “billion” with a “B!” And while the sheer number of people using Facebook can be daunting, the silver lining is in the ability to search and find like-minded users on millions of different levels. Whatever you’re interested in, there’s likely a Facebook group for it. Plus, research has shown that social media interactions can provide some of the same benefits that physical interactions might including delaying depression, strengthening relationships, building community, and preventing isolation. Jump on one of many social media platforms and you might surprise yourself by reconnecting with old friends, or even making some new ones!

Looking to interact with other Elite members? Liking Elite’s own Facebook page is a great way to find out what’s happening at the clubs and serves as a direct link to interact with other members!

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