The golden years represent a new stage in many seniors' lives. For most, it can seem daunting at first. Your family and job responsibilities have slowly dwindled over the years, leaving a void typically filled by numerous activities, colleagues, and friends. You may have moved to another suburb, city, or state altogether, leaving behind a lifetime of personal connections. The good news is that you're in excellent company, with many other seniors facing the same challenges.
Stonehenge Senior Living shares a few tips to help you reach out and connect with other like-minded seniors to build new friendships and a rewarding life well into your golden years.
Why Networking – and an Updated Resume – Is Important
Networking is an excellent way to stay closely connected to family and friends and an opportunity to meet other people with similar interests. Studies cited by the American Psychological Association show that seniors who enjoy meaningful relationships with others are happier and healthier than younger people who have a more significant number of friends, albeit superficial. Sadly, losing a spouse or partner, moving to a new home, and decreasing mobility can impact your social circle. However, there are several things you can do to build and develop a new network.
When networking, remember that it’s important to have an updated copy of your resume ready to give to others. You can create a stellar and professional-looking resume by using free online resume templates. You can choose from a library of professionally designed resume templates, and then add your own copy, photos, colors, and images to produce a slick resume that stands out.
Use Online Social Media
Modern technology and the internet make it possible for people worldwide to stay connected. Facebook is great for keeping in touch with family and friends. Post pictures of your activities, share ideas, and follow group pages that interest you, such as carpentry or traveling.
Join a Club
Senior clubs and centers offer a range of programs and activities to keep you engaged, healthy, and stimulated. You can participate in fitness, lunch, dance, bingo, or craft clubs. Joining a club also allows you to be part of your community, as they're often the focus of several community events. Join a hobby club or a volunteer group in your area. Reaching out to others gives a new sense of purpose to your life, and you'll make many new friends.
Start an Encore Career or Business
Many seniors embark on an encore career for different reasons. Some see it as an opportunity to build a new social network, turn a hobby into a business, or realize a lifelong ambition. Whatever your motivation, an encore career allows you to leverage your working experience and existing skills to benefit yourself and others.
If you're considering starting a business or nonprofit corporation, you have to first decide on the business structure that best suits your business. An example is a limited liability company (LLC), which has several advantages, such as easy start-up, tax benefits, and management flexibility.
When it comes to marketing your business, make sure you have a strong online presence by creating a website and making sure it is optimized for search engines. Consider traditional marketing methods such as print advertising, direct mail, or door-to-door canvassing. Boss Magazine says to not forget the power of a memorable and standout logo.
Lead a Fulfilled Life
Leading a full, happy life is within everyone's reach. However, that depends on your willingness to embrace and develop meaningful networks and relationships that can outlive you in years. Remember to have a resume handy as you network, use social media, join a club, and even consider launching your own business.