1- Join the Club
Nowadays, there’s a social club for everything! These groups exist for anything your heart desires--golfing, reading books, bird watching, painting, exercise classes, lunch groups, outings, shopping, sewing–the list goes on! Whether you join to advance a hobby or to learn something new, becoming a member is a great way to meet people who share similar interests. For some of our Seniors Helping Seniors® care receivers, however, being the “new person” can be nerve-racking and uncomfortable. But with the right attitude, you can make a great first impression! Try these tips to start:
●Make eye contact. This shows that you’re paying attention and indicates you respect the other person.
●Smile! Showing off your pearly whites is welcoming and puts other sat ease.
●Be sincere. Don’t force it if a connection doesn’t feel right or pretend to enjoy something you don’t. Still feeling the nerves? Ask your Seniors Helping Seniors® companion to tag along! Having a friend in tow can put you at ease and help facilitate conversation with people you’ve just met.
2- Connect online
Social media groups provide a space to meet like-minded seniors as well. Like in-person clubs, there’s a group for every niche you can think of. And if what you’re searching for doesn’t yet exist, start it up yourself! Online groups are a great place to chat about common interests, share photos and information, and might even spur a face-to-face get together! Additionally, social media is a convenient way to learn about in-person events going on around the community. Keep an eye out for garage sales, live music in the park, or pickle ball league sign-ups! If you struggle with using new technology or social media platforms, you’re not alone there either. Ask a Seniors Helping Seniors® caregiver to lend a hand. After all, two heads are better than one!
3 -Find your Spot
Explore places around town that interest you, like coffee shops, museums, or bookstores. When you find a spot you love, start going there regularly. There are likely other ‘regulars’ who frequent the establishment as well and may have hobbies similar to your own. Strike up a conversation by asking what they’re drinking or inquiring about the plot of their book. With time, you may find you both have a lot in common, turning this chance meeting into a “Same time next week?” kind of relationship. Don’t forget--our Seniors Helping Seniors® caregivers make excellent companions too! They love trying new things and expanding on hobbies, so don’t hesitate to get them in on the fun. Because we spend time getting to know each caregiver through a detailed interview process, you and your caregiver likely have shared hobbies and interests that will make bonding a breeze! The bottom line is, it’s never too late to make a new friend! Though this process can be uncomfortable and difficult at times, the rewards you’ll experience make it all worthwhile