For Those Age 55+- How Important Is Socializing and Friends?

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No man is an island

Entire of itself.

Each is a piece of the continent,

A part of the main.  

 

It is true that no man (or woman!) is an island; we thrive on relationships, with our friends, coworkers, acquaintances and family members. We all need a sense of belonging, of oneness other human beings, and this is why we socialize. And although we tend to interact with others during our teenage and early adult years, we need an active social life more than ever as we grow older. If you’re 55+, it’s important that you maintain a strong network of connections because:

  • It gives you a sense of belonging: The feeling of loneliness and being left out gets stronger as you retire from work life and as your kids grow up and start to live their own lives. Your life changes, and if you’re not able to accept these changes and reorient your life accordingly, you will have difficulties.  When you continue to socialize and go out and meet people often, you feel good about yourself and are more confident in your abilities. Besides this, you also don’t think of your age or view it as a limiting factor.
  • It keeps illness away: Individuals who are age 55+ and live alone are more prone to illnesses like Alzheimer’s and dementia. The more you socialize and meet and interact with people, the more you use your mind and keep that brain working via conversation and interaction.  Loneliness can cause depression and have a detrimental effect on your physical health, causing blood pressure issues, a compromised immune system and more.
  • It helps you stay relevant: When you keep in touch with other people and meet up with them on a regular basis, you keep up with what’s changing and what’s new. This helps you stay relevant and keep up with the times. It prevents you from feeling left out because you’re able to hold a conversation relating to any current news and information. It boosts your confidence and does a world of good for your self-esteem.
  • It puts you in a good frame of mind: Meeting people and socializing on a regular basis makes you feel happier and more content with your life. You have a sense of purpose and a reason to live. When you’re alone, you tend to feel depressed and sad if you’re not busy. Meeting friends and acquaintances helps boost your mood and puts you in a better frame of mind. 

An organization such as Silver Connections  has the primary goal of providing quality socializing opportunities through events and travel to those who are single and age 55+, along with the ability to introduce members to each other promoting friendship.  As human beings, we are not meant to be alone all the time.  We need one another and activities to look forward to – for happiness, health and quality of life.

 

 

 

Laura Kay House, MA, is the founder and owner of Silver Connections, located in the Triangle area of North Carolina. Silver Connections provides numerous socializing opportunities through events and travel, quality members and connections for age 55+ (mostly Boomers!) active and single adults. 

http://www.silverconnections.org

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