Nine tips for making and maintaining social connections
Creating and maintaining positive relationships is essential to your overall health and wellbeing.
Relationships with friends and family not only enhance your life and create a sense of security, but also help to keep loneliness and isolation at bay.
However, relationships change as time passes. People move away, life gets busy with work and family, and we realise the benefits of a few great friends over many.
Alison explained the physical and mental impacts of loneliness have the same detrimental effect as smoking 15 cigarettes a day.
Maintaining social connections or making new ones may seem more daunting the older you get, but retirement is a perfect time to try new things and build a whole new network of friends.
Here are nine tips for maintaining positive relationships and making new friends in your later years:
IRT offers many opportunities to make new friends through living in our retirement villages, joining us on home care bus trips and becoming an IRT volunteer through the Age Matters.
Break out of your comfort zone, try something new and meet new people. Don’t forget, most people will be in the same position as you, wanting to make friends or reach out but not knowing how to take the first step.