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8 ways for seniors to keep connected with their community
Most Australians prefer to remain in our own homes as we age, but that puts us at risk of social isolation – especially if we’ve had to stop driving or have perhaps lost a loved one.
Even if we have families, our children often have busy lives, stressful jobs and kids of their own. And they don’t always live locally. We can’t rely on our families to be there every day.
Of course, you may have a caregiver or support person coming in once or twice a week. But that’s no substitute for a social life. You still need fun, something to look forward to and new and interesting people to talk to.
The good news is, there are lots of ways for you to connect back into your community. Here are eight ideas to get you started:
Local councils and libraries run programs where you can connect with like-minded people of all ages and make friends. You might not have been a ‘joiner’ in the past, but give it a try. What’s the worst that could happen?
Many venues offer seniors’ matinee tickets for concerts, theatre, comedy and other performing arts events.
Take advantage of community, film and arts festivals, which have free or discounted tickets for seniors.
Maybe you once gave up a hobby because you didn’t have time. Why not revisit old interests or take up something new? What are you truly interested in? Your local community will offer a range of craft, technology, art and collectors’ clubs, plus lots more.
We’re never too old to learn. Community classes are a great way to meet new people with similar interests. Learn to cook, paint or speak a new language. You never know what you can do until you try.
Join a local choir or musical group and bond with other musos.
Local gyms, fitness clubs, swimming pools and yoga centres all offer classes for seniors. The exercise is good for your physical health, but the group bonding – and cuppa afterwards – may offer even more important benefits.
We also have a number of social centres. Here you’ll find a comfortable, home-like setting where you can socialise, relax and have fun. Whether you want to meet new people and make friends, join in with activities and day trips or you simply want a change of scenery where you can read a book or watch a film, social centres can be an important hub where you can connect with new people.
Our staff and volunteers can help you to reconnect with the things that are important to you. We offer far more than just a transport service. We can accompany you to events in your community or help you shop for hobby supplies. Or we can just drop in for a cuppa to talk about what you’d like to do to get out and about and stay connected to your community.
Volunteers visit people who may be feeling lonely for a couple of hours a week assist people to reconnect with their local community and to continue to do the things they love.
Our team of volunteers make a vital contribution to those in need. If you're compassionate, empathetic and have a few hours a week to spare, we’d love to hear from you.
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