There is actual scientific proof that spending time with others is part of a healthy lifestyle. Researchers have found that having a social life may be as good for your long-term health as avoiding cigarettes!
Six ways to get social
- Plan regular visits (or even phone calls) with family and friends.
- If your Medicare plan includes the SilverSneakers® benefit to join a gym, use it. You’ll be able to socialize and get physically fit at the same time (now that’s a win-win!).
- Visit a senior center.
- Join a club or group (like a book club, garden club, or a walking group).
- Take a class at a community college or adult education center.
- Volunteer at a hospital, church, charitable group, or a local school.
Your social skills may feel a little rusty after two years of COVID-19. It’s okay to take your time re-establishing relationships outside the home. Planning out activities may help ease anxiety, and you’ll find a social balance that works best for you.