If you have some extra time on your hands, you may want to consider volunteering in your community. Many hospitals, museums, libraries, food pantries, and animal shelters are in need of people willing and able to donate their time and talents. Not only will you be doing something worthwhile with your extra time, you may meet some new two-footed and four-footed friends at the same time.
Put on Your Dancing Shoes
Dance schools are not just for the young. Many of the same dance schools attended by children and teens also offer dance classes for adults. Some offer classes designed especially for those of us in our “seasoned” years. Ballroom dancing is very popular right now, but there are many dance styles you might enjoy. If you do not have any dance experience, try to find a beginner class where you will learn all the basics. Dancing is a fantastic way to exercise while having a great time. (See “We Should Be Dancing.”) As with any new exercise regime, it is a good idea to check with your doctor to make sure dancing is appropriate for your current health status.
Take a Class
What are you interested in? Most likely, you can find a class on the subject. Check out continuing-education classes at local highschools, colleges and universities. Many colleges allow older adults to audit classes for free. If you would like to take up a new activity or hobby, look for lessons offered in your community. Your local library, senior center or newspaper may have a directory of classes available nearby.
Join a Garden Club
Most garden clubs have monthly meetings where members share gardening tips and socialize. If you enjoy planting and/or tending a garden of any type or size, joining a garden club will introduce you to other gardening enthusiasts in your area. Some garden clubs are for seniors only. To find out if there is a garden club in your area, try contacting your local horticultural society, senior center or library.
Hit the Links
If you enjoy playing golf, the local golf course is a great place to meet other golfers who share your passion. Perhaps you would be interested in joining a senior golf league and entering a senior golf tournament or two. If you are not a golfer, most courses offer classes to help you learn the sport. Many golf courses have special rates for seniors, so make sure to take advantage of them.
Stop by your local senior/active adult center
Most cities and towns in the United States have senior centers. Most are open to anyone 50+. Today’s senior centers are not what you might imagine. Today's senior centers offer a place to socialize and so much more, including a wide variety of activities and events. There are fitness and health programs; classes; workshops; guest speakers; travel; golf outings; shopping excursions; movies; book clubs; dances; and entertainment.
Let’s face it, meeting new people can be a challenge at any age. Finding new people you connect with often takes some time and effort. It means putting yourself out there. It means looking for an environment where there are other people your age or that have interests similar to yours. We’ve put together a list of places that can provide an opportunity for those of us in our “seasoned” years to meet and get to know each other.