December 27, Day 361: ENVISIONING SOCIALIZING AS A SENIOR IN 2020: MAKE FRIENDS WITH ALL THE AGE GROUPS. END AGEISM!

Questions to ask ourselves on this topic could be:

How and when do I want to celebrate this year?

How can I manage to greet busy neighbors with more than a “hi”?

What engagements do I want to add or change with blood relatives or adopted family this year?

How many people do I come in contact with on a daily basis and is that enough for a life of social richness?

What is my ideal network of friends? Am I making it happen?  Is it only once a week at a religious service?  Is it daily? 

Do I have enough people in my life with whom I can share openly about our thoughts, emotions, and wishes?

It is now a well-publicized fact that people who live to be over 100 in good health and happiness have large social networks that they enjoy on a daily basis.  This information comes from research on the Blue Zones—those areas in the world which are known for having many active centenarians. One of the hazards of longevity is that you outlive your friends and forget to make new ones by being isolated because of physical or mental situations.

My commitment to myself and suggestion to other Super-Agers is to make younger friends.  I want to avoid the terribly loneliness of many seniors. I stay active.  I enjoy working with younger colleagues. We respect and enjoy each other.  Last decade I enjoyed friends 10 years younger than me.  This decade I’m enjoying that group and friends 20 and 30 years younger than me that I am adding into my social network.

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