People who have clocked 50 years and above live with us, in the neighborhood, the countryside and in cities around us. Most of them think life is notasfunas it used to be in their twenties or thirties. They also feel keeping up with the pace of social aspects of life has become a big challenge. And so the question the question is; how can you help them cultivate positive mindset about their age? Is there a chance that they can also cultivate a healthy social life as they use to before age became a hindrance?
Well, the good news is that not all hope is gone. You can still make new friendships and partake in many more after 50 life activities. This post explores tips for creating bonds, particularly, friendship formulas for those who feel or think it’s impossible if one has lived more than half a century.
It is often said that life begins at forty but that’s pretty much fallacious if you were to consider the midlife crises people have to deal with as they click a half-a-centuryage-wise. It is that time your old friends have long disappeared because old age has equally struck them. The zeal and energy of visiting each other and going out to the movies havealso been a dealt a blow by flexibility problems. Then a sudden loss of interest in the things you used to do because you just want to sit back at home and watch your family expand.
However, that’s not a perfect way to live the rest of your life after 50. Age, they say, is just but a number. And while you may be harboringfeelings of inadequacy regarding social aspects of living, old age is not the end of the world. You can still make new friends, revive the teenage memories and feel young again; socially.
Tips in this post should thus help you get started. It is because, at 50 or more years on earth, there is nothing you need more than a great company from a fabulous friend(s) even as you continue to witness the sunrise and set in its maiden beauty every day.
Organize a social dinner
This may not go down well with those who are never comfortable withthe thought of hosting people they hardly know in their homes. However, when you compare the goal against the fears, it is worth the taking. While it may not rekindle the sweet memories of a dinner date you had back in the day as a teenage girl or boy, it is a powerful way of connecting with people your age.
If you wish, a potluck can do. You wouldn’t have to spend much hosting a few people for a meet-up dinner at a restaurant. And if you are not good at starting conversations, it’s nothing to worry about. The invitees will not sit and stare at each other. Stories about life, past experiences and more will come up even before you know it.
Cultivate new interests as you rekindle old ones
One of the ways through which people connect powerfully is when they share hobbies. At 50 or beyond, trying out new interestssuch as joining weaving classes or registering for art is a no-brainer. It is also true if you would wish to try out a few old hobbies that added jest to your social life back in the days. In the end, you will have met new people, reunitedwith old pals and made more friends.
Community Volunteer work
Community work, social projects, andother volunteer activities come and go which means you will always find one sooner than later and be part of it. You flip through a local newspaper to find out about upcoming activities. The bottom line is that a few hours of lending a helping hand in the company of others, some of whom are your age mates, will never disappoint anyone looking for new friends. It is all about shared interests or hobbies.
Be part of outdoor exercise activities
If you love to walk for health and strength, then being over 50 shouldn’t be jeopardy. Check out the dailies or ask around for recommendations about walking groups. You can then become part of a healthy society where the aged are not left out. It is a good way of meeting new people and making new friends.
Go out to theatres and coffee joints
A bite on a chocolate cake or a sip on a cup of coffee at a local restraint has become one of the proven ways of meeting new people when one clockover 50 years. Meetup.com recommends it, and among other ways of beating the old-age boredom.
Sitting at home all alone is not healthy. It could be a recipe for bigger challenges that people who have clocked 50 years have to deal with such as depression, stress, andboredom. Rekindle your social zeal and happiness by trying out tips that have been explored in this post.
This guest post was graciously provided by Amber Wilson. Amber is an educator and a technical writer currently employed as a content strategist at ThesisRush. She believes that blogging is the new type of journalism.