Ways for Seniors to Connect

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By Sue Rice

Maybe you aren’t the most tech savvy person on the planet.  Still, you want to find ways to connect with others who share your interests.

Here’s a list of 10 ways for Seniors who are on a budget to connect with others:

1.      Love to Read?

Join or start a book club.  Today you can receive books on your Nook or Kindle.  You can go to the library and ask a librarian to help you find a good book that has a series of questions at the end.  There may already be a book club at your library that you can join.

2.      Play Words with Friends

Easy to load on your electronic device, you can play with as few or as many “friends” as you wish.  It’s fun and easy to play.  If you’re good, you can win badges for your efforts.

3.       Join the Sixty and Me Community.

Look online for Margaret Manning and her Sixty and Me community for women.  There are ladies from over 150 countries who listen to Margaret talk about topics that are of interest to women ages 50+.  There are places where you can talk to the women in the community and share your knowledge on the various topics.

4.      Silver Sneakers

This is a free benefit for those who are on Medicare.  Check your plan to see if it’s available.  Most, if not all, places that offer exercise programs are now taking part in this program.  Seniors have a wide range of activities from swimming to TRX they can elect to help them get in shape.

5.      Take a Trip with Other Senior Travelers

AAA offers some wonderful travel opportunities for seniors as do some health clubs.  A lot of cities have senior groups that meet regularly and offer trips to local eateries and entertainment spots.

6.      Join a Writer’s Group

Check with your local library to see if they offer a writer’s group.  These groups often include people who have always dreamed of being a writer and those who are published.  It’s a great way to see if you’ve got what it takes to fulfill your dream.

7.       Volunteer with a Pet Rescue Service

Every city has a pet rescue group that needs help.  This is a place where you can get up close and personal with cats and dogs, maybe rescue a pet who is also hoping to make a connection.  Often these agencies need people to wash and fold towels and blankets, walk dogs, or man tables at fund-raising or information events.

8.      Find a Pen Pal

Yes.  They still exist!  There are plenty of websites that offer online and snail mail pals.

9.       Become a Greeter at Your Church

Every church needs help in welcoming people into their midst.  This is a great way to get to know the people you see every week but don’t even know their names.

10.   Grab a Coffee and Take a Walk at a Nearby Park

You would be amazed at how many people enjoy socializing while they exercise.  Even if all you can come up with is “Nice day,” somebody is going to respond, and before you know it, you’ve got a new buddy.

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