How To Make Friends After 60

How to make friends after 60

When people reach 60 years old, many feel like they have lost their social life. This can be due to the fact that their children are grown and moved away, or because they have retired from their job and don’t know how to meet new friends.

As people age, their social circles tend to shrink. Friends move away, pass away, or become less available. This can lead to feelings of loneliness and isolation. However, a growing body of research suggests that having friends in old age has a number of positive effects. Friends can help older adults stay physically active, socially engaged, and mentally healthy. They can also provide important emotional support during difficult times. Older adults who have strong friendships report feeling happier and more satisfied with life than those who don’t.

Making friends as an older adult can be a daunting task. You may feel like you are too old to make friends or that you have already lost touch with your old ones. However, there are many benefits to making new friends in your 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s!

One of the best things about making friends as a senior is that you can choose people who share your interests. Whether you want to discuss the latest news, travel the world, or learn a new hobby, there is sure to be someone out there with whom you can connect.

Another benefit of making friends as a senior is that it can help keep you mentally and physically healthy. Studies have shown that socialising with others helps reduce stress levels and improves overall mental health. Additionally, interacting with others can help keep your body active and ward off diseases such as Dementia and Alzheimer’s.

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There are many ways to meet friends after 60, including joining social clubs, volunteering, or taking classes. Here are some tips to get you started:


Enrol in an Educational Course

The benefits of continuing education are well-documented, and everyone from schoolchildren to working adults can reap the rewards of learning. But what about seniors? Many people believe that after retirement, it’s time to put your feet up and take it easy. However, research shows that staying mentally and physically active can help seniors live longer, healthier lives. One great way to stay active and meet new people is by enrolling in an educational course for older adults.

There are many different types of courses available for seniors, so you’re sure to find one that interests you. If you want to learn new skills or keep up with current trends, there are plenty of options available, from computer courses to art classes. If you’d rather focus on health and wellness, there are also plenty of courses available on topics like healthy eating and exercise.

The University of the Third Age (U3A) is a unique, innovative and global educational organisation for people aged 50 and over. It offers older adults the opportunity to continue their learning and personal development in a wide variety of activities and subjects through part-time study and social interaction. The U3A offers more than 1,000 courses each year in subjects ranging from history to horticulture, French to film studies.
Find out more about the University of the Third Age (U3A) and find a branch near you.


University of the third age (U3A)


Join a Support Group

There are many advantages to joining a support group. The first and most obvious advantage is that you will have a group of people to share your experiences with. Some common groups include bereavement, Alzheimer’s, cancer, addiction and depression.

These people will understand what you are going through, and can offer advice and support. Support groups also offer a sense of community, which can be very beneficial for older adults who may be feeling lonely or isolated.

In addition, support groups can provide access to information and resources that may be helpful to seniors. Finally, research has shown that participation in support groups can improve mental health and well-being.

senior support group


Are you retired and looking for a way to give back to your community? Volunteering can be a great way to do just that! There are many opportunities available, depending on your interests. You could help out at a local charity or museum, read to children at the library, or help out with environmental clean-ups. Whatever you choose, volunteering is a great way to stay active, make new friends, and give back to your community. Discover Volunteer opportunities near you.

senior volunteer

Join an Exercise Class

If you’re retired and looking for a way to get out and meet new people, consider joining a seniors exercise class. These classes are offered at many community centres, gyms and leisure centres and can include Yoga, Aqua Aerobics, and even Ballet! They’re a great way to stay active and socialise with others your age. Most classes include a variety of exercises that are tailored to seniors, so you can rest assured that you’re getting a good and safe workout. Find a seniors exercise class near you.

yoga for Seniors


Take Up a New Hobby

If you find yourself feeling bored or lonely, consider taking up a new hobby. Hobbies can help you learn new skills, meet new people, and keep you mentally and physically active. There are many hobbies to choose from, from Lawn Bowls to Bridge Clubs so find one that interests you and get started! Find a new activity class near you. 


Join Your Local Library

The library is a great place to meet new people. You can find people of all ages and backgrounds at the library. Joining your local library is a great way to make new friends. The library offers a variety of programs and activities for its members, like genealogy research and computing classes. You can also find groups that meet at the library such as book clubs, writers groups and craft groups. Find your local library.

senior at library

Join the Red Hat Society

The Red Hat Society is a great way to make new friends. It’s a social club for women over 50 who want to have fun and meet new people. The group has over 1 million members worldwide, so there’s sure to be one near you. The society hosts regular events where members can get together and enjoy activities like painting, dancing, and golfing. There are also plenty of opportunities for socializing online, so you can stay connected with your new friends no matter where you are. If you’re looking for a fun and friendly way to spend your golden years, the Red Hat Society is the perfect choice! Find out more about the Red Hat Society

red Hat Ladies

Join Your Local Men’s Shed

Your local Men’s Shed is a great place to make new friends. Men’s sheds are community-based organisations that are typically open to all men, although some are restricted to those over a certain age. Men’s sheds provide a safe, supportive and relaxed environment where men can come together to work on practical projects, socialise and share their experiences. Joining a men’s shed is also a great way to stay active and connected to your community. Find out more about Men’s Sheds.

Mens Shed

Join a Social Networking Site

Joining a social networking site is a great way to meet new friends. There are many sites and Facebook groups specifically for seniors where you can make friends who share your interests and chat online. These sites are a great way to stay connected with family and friends, and they can also help you stay up-to-date on the latest news and events. Join the Seniorocity Facebook Group.

senior online

Attend Social Events

Older adults often have more free time on their hands than their younger counterparts and there are plenty of events and activities available for seniors, many of which are free or discounted. Some popular events include museums, art galleries, concerts, and theatre performances. Additionally, many communities offer programs specifically for seniors, such as dance classes, book clubs, and discussion groups. Getting involved in the community is a great way to meet new people and make friends. Discover what’s happening across Perth with the Seniorocity Events Calendar.


Take a Trip

When travelling, some people may prefer to go it alone, while others enjoy the company of others. For those who want to meet new people and explore a new destination with a group, organised travel tours are the perfect option. Travel companies offer a variety of tours catering to all interests and budgets, from city breaks and beach holidays to cultural and adventure trips. Senior Tour Groups are composed of people of a similar age, and they often visit destinations that are geared towards retirees.

Joining an organised tour is a great way to make friends from all over the world, as you’ll be spending a lot of time with your fellow travellers. You’ll also get to see more of the destination than you would if you were travelling on your own. Tour guides are experienced in showing visitors the best places to eat, drink and sightsee, and they can often recommend activities that are off the beaten track.

Read the Seniorocity Guide on Tours to the Kimberly from Broome and Kununurra.

Senior travel

Join a Seniors Dating Site

Are you single and over the age of 50? If so, you may be interested in joining a seniors dating site. They offer a fun and easy way to meet other singles over 50 who share your interests and values in a safe and secure environment. Dating sites that specialise in dating for singles over 50 include eharmony, Silver Singles, and Singles 50.

senior dating

In conclusion, there are many ways to make friends after 60. Joining social clubs, volunteering, or taking classes are all great ways to meet new people and form lasting relationships. The important thing is to get out there and be social! You never know who you will meet!

About Jennie McNichol

Jennie McNichol is the Co-Founder and Editor of Seniorocity and Buggybuddys. She lives north of Perth with her husband, 2 children, 2 Ragdoll Cats and 1 Maine Coon

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