Keeping Social In The Golden Years

9 March 2017

Keeping Social

Keeping Social In The Golden Years

With each new stage of life comes a new set of challenges. Aging is no exception. When you work hard for a lifetime, raising a family and earning a living, you often ponder longingly over what it will be like when you retire and are finally able to do what YOU want to do.

Like many things, this concept can be great in theory but difficult to put into practice. With aging comes the acceptance that there are many things you’ve done all your life, that you may not physically be able to do any more. This can bring on a sense of loss and helplessness, if not tackled positively.

There is no age at which social connections become less important. Studies have proven the physical, emotional and mental benefits of remaining socially active.

Research indicates that active oldies tend to have higher cognitive function and fewer incidences of Alzheimer’s and Dementia.


Physically, regular social interactions can help lower blood pressure, boost the immune system and reduce the risk of some illnesses and disease.

While your vessel may not operate as it used to, this shouldn’t limit your ability to stay social and embrace the new activities that your golden years have to offer.

Thankfully, many people have aged before you and have left a legacy of excellent activities. The challenge is the courage to try new things and embrace this different stage of your life.


Sports for Aging People

Lawn bowls obviously springs to mind; but if this makes you cringe, delve a little deeper into the clubs in your local area, you might be surprised at the range of other interesting groups and activities. You may discover bridge and mah-jong clubs, darts, table tennis and seniors swim classes.


Volunteer Work

Great communities are driven by many not for profit groups dedicated to bettering the community. Your local council should have a list of not for profit groups in your community that may benefit from your skills and wealth of experience.


Take a Class

You’re never too old to learn. There are many government incentives across Australia to help older generations learn computing and technology. This is also a great activity to do with your grandkids, if they have the patience! And will help you keep in touch with loved ones that don’t live nearby.


Seniors Clubs

Probus Clubs are Australia wide and aim to keep members active and to make new friends with like-minded semi-retired or professional people. There is bound to be bingo in your area, why not give it a go? Coffee mornings, breakfast clubs, walking clubs, fitness clubs and book clubs. If you can’t find something locally that interests you, why not start something yourself?


Stay vibrant and receptive to your new phase. Don’t think of it as nearing the end. You’re simply at the beginning of the next stage of your long and wonderful life.

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