If you are retired, or considering retirement, you may think it will be difficult to stay fulfilled and engaged in your new life. Especially if many of your social connections were work-related.
One of the best things you can do for your overall health and well-being is to maintain your social connections in retirement. While some previous social activities and connections may be diminished when you retire, there are still plenty of ways to stay socially active and live a fulfilling life.
Research has shown that social engagement plays a crucial role in overall health and well-being, especially in older adults. According to a Harvard Health Publishing article, “Strong social interactions can help protect your memory and cognitive function in several ways as you age.” And, researchers at the Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center published a study that showed “highly social seniors” present a 70 percent lower rate of cognitive decline than their less active peers.
Volunteer in Your Local Community
Many organizations are looking for people who can donate their time. Hospitals, schools, animal shelters, churches, and non-profit organizations will welcome your help. Also, consider using your skills to tutor and mentor people who could benefit from your experience. Websites like Create the Good and All for Good can connect you with volunteer projects in your community.
Join a Club
Joining a club or organization can be a fun way to pursue your hobbies and interests while making new friends. Whether you're into gardening, birdwatching, or playing bridge, there's a club for you. Search online for local clubs or check with your local community center or library to find out about clubs in your area. Joining a club can provide a sense of belonging and purpose to make your life more fulfilling.
Learning something new can be a great way to meet new people and stay mentally sharp. Check with your local community center or senior center to see if they offer classes in subjects that interest you. Whether you want to learn a new language, take up painting, or try yoga, there are classes available for all interests and skill levels.
Traveling can be a great way to meet new people and experience new cultures. Whether you join a group tour or plan your own itinerary, traveling can provide opportunities for social interaction and new experiences. Look for travel groups specifically designed for older adults or plan a fun getaway with friends or family to somewhere you've always wanted to visit.
Move to a Community Designed for Social Engagement
One of the easiest ways to maintain your social connections in retirement is to live in a community that encourages social interaction, friendship, and camaraderie. At the heart of most 55+ communities is a state-of-the-art clubhouse, providing a central gathering place for residents to come together, socialize, and participate in various activities. Living in a community with people of similar ages and interests makes it easy to forge meaningful, long-lasting connections.
Epcon Communities helps you maintain your social connections in retirement with the availability of community activities and resort-style amenities. Some of the amenities you may find include:
We build luxury single-level homes in communities throughout the country. We offer floor plans from 1,300 to over 3,000 square feet with 2-4 bedrooms so you’re sure to find the perfect fit. With a private courtyard nestled next to your open layout living area, your new home will make entertaining easy. Your family and friends will love visiting and taking advantage of the resort-style amenities and fun activities available in your community!