Nurturing existing friendships and creating new connections is key to our overall health and wellness, including our mental health. But for many, as we get older, it can be difficult to meet new people or even keep in contact with our loved ones.
Fortunately, technology provides a valuable tool for making connections, exploring opportunities, and enriching one’s lifestyle. And seniors are embracing the opportunities technology offers. The Pew Research Center shared that about 75% of adults 65 and older use the internet and more than half of people 65 and older own a smartphone. Learn more about how seniors are making new connections virtually.
New Ways To Connect
Finding Like-Minded People
If you’re looking to expand your social circle, technology can help. The internet offers new ways to meet people, including online forums, social networking sites, and even online dating opportunities.
- Online forums. Engage in digital discussions via a virtual message board. Topics range from favorite movies and hobbies, to seeking valuable insight and advice from your peers. Speak with friends and family to get their recommendations on conversations you can join. Sometimes families can even start private groups using popular apps, allowing you all to communicate in a private space.
- Social media platforms. Social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok allow users to create and share content. Engaging in social media is a great way to strengthen your bond with your grandchildren, keeping you up to date on pop culture, news, and trends.
- Online dating. An increasing number of seniors are turning to online dating to find a significant other with whom they can share life’s important moments. There are numerous dating apps that are even tailored to seniors.
However you decide to find your people online, be careful when talking to or messaging people on the internet. Never share personally identifiable information such as your Social Security Number (SSN) or sensitive financial details like your bank account. It’s essential to prioritize your security; use these smart online safety tips when meeting new people on the web.
Pursuing Fulfilling Work
Want to infuse your daily routine with greater purpose? Consider exploring volunteer or part-time employment to enhance your sense of fulfillment. If you have extensive professional experience in a specific field, you may be able to serve as an advisor or a consultant to a company. Businesses also offer part-time remote work. This means you work from anywhere regardless of the company’s physical location.
If volunteering and improving your local community members’ lives is more your speed, you can pursue volunteer opportunities with local organizations within your neighborhood. These organizations might post volunteer positions online that are remote or on-site.
If you are an individual who is on a continuous quest for knowledge, the good news is you don’t have to travel far to learn new skills. Simply research information online or explore YouTube for an array of instructional videos. Many educational institutions now have remote classes so you can attend virtually regardless of where you live. Technology has widened the avenues through which you can pursue your learning goals.
Make New Connections at Claridge Court
Whether you’re looking to make connections virtually or in person, residing in a socially enriching community can help fast track making those connections. If you’re researching retirement living options, consider a senior living community like Claridge Court, nestled in the charming yet vibrant city of Prairie Village, Kansas.
Our community offers independent living lifestyles, complemented by high-end services and amenities, ensuring a comfortable and enjoyable experience. Learn more about the Claridge Court lifestyle when you book a tour or contact us.