As we age, we may find ourselves spending more and more time at home alone.
This may be due to several factors such as relatives living in different cities or states, recent passing of a spouse or even retirement.
Living at home can be a good thing, but isolation can also lead to depression, a weakened immune system, heart disease, dementia and other medical complications.
Participating in social activities can help improve your overall well-being.
Older adults who lead an active lifestyle reduce their risk of developing health problems later in life, tend to live longer, report being happier, are better prepared to cope with loss and improve their cognitive health.
There are a variety of ways you can stay connected with others and the community and boost your social health:

Find an activity that you enjoy or try a new one

Learn something new—take a series of classes or a seminar

Exercise

Volunteer

Stay in touch with others in person, online or by phone

Adopt a pet

Attend events at a local senior center

Join a club (book, card, film, board game, hobby, sport)

Travel with a retiree group

Join a committee at a school, library, museum, church or nonprofit

Get a part-time job

Rediscover a favorite childhood pastime or teach it to a new generation

Find what works for you and be careful not to take on too much at once.
You can start by adding one or two activities into your weekly routine and see how you feel.
And remember, being social should feel good, not stressful.
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