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If getting to and from social outlets is a problem for you, your local Area Agency on Aging can help you find transportation services.
Keeping up with friendships and social connections — and making new ones — is important to your quality of life and overall well-being. Although social networks often get smaller as people age, having a close friend or family member who you can easily talk with can help you to feel cared for and valued. Social support can protect you from isolation, loneliness, and depression.
Participating in social or productive activities that you enjoy may also help maintain your well-being. For instance, older adults who participate in activities they find meaningful, like volunteering, report feeling healthier and happier. Group physical activity, such as a dance class or walking group, can foster social relationships. Physical activity also boosts your physical and mental health. Learn more about staying physically active in later life in our Staying active section.
Senior centers, community recreation centers, and places of worship are places to look for social groups or ways to get involved. The National Institute on Aging provides these examples of social and productive activities that you may like:
- Volunteering at a library, hospital, school, or other organization
- Joining a senior center
- Playing cards and other games with your friends
- Going to the theater, a movie, or a sporting event
- Traveling with a group of older adults, perhaps a retiree group
- Visiting friends and family
- Gardening in your backyard or at a community park
- Organizing a park clean-up through your local recreation center
- Taking a cooking class
- Singing in a choral group
- Joining a local theater troupe
- Forming or joining a book club
- Going dancing
- Taking a group exercise class
- Playing a musical instrument, learning a new instrument
- Joining a group interested in a hobby like knitting or scrapbooking
- Getting a part-time job
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Content last updated August 12, 2010.
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