Social interaction is very important to our emotional and physical well-being. It is important to make an effort to see and talk to people, even if mobility is an issue. A short visit with a friend or participating in a group activity goes a long way to maintain a healthy social life. Making an effort to visit with friends and family is very rewarding and should be part of everyone’s daily routine.
It can be difficult to have social interactions when not feeling well, and it’s important to find alternate ways of sustaining a social life when this happens. A brief telephone chat, sending a card to say hello or using email are all great ways to stay connected with friends.
There are many opportunities to explore in our community. A senior’s activity centre is a good place to start, as they usually offer lots of formal social programs including monthly teas, special interest clubs and special celebrations; less formal opportunities exist for interaction at their coffee bars and drop-in events as well.
There are many not-for-profit clubs offering opportunities for social interaction and special interest activities. There is a comprehensive list of senior-oriented social clubs in Victoria in the Seniors Services Directory. These clubs are always ready to provide a warm welcome to new members.
Remember, there is no age limit on fun!