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On the other hand, with everyone focused on clicking, it feels like “connecting” has taken on a new, softer meaning.Like many women, I often feel like I have 100’s of “friends” and no-one to share my deepest dreams and fears with on a daily basis. Despite all of the challenges, it is still clear that making friends and maintaining worthwhile relationships is essential after 60.No matter what your preferences, it pays to be conscious in your choice of friends. First, and most obviously, when you know what kinds of friends you are looking for, you can choose to engage in activities that will give you an opportunity to meet new people of your choosing.For example, are there political, religious, sports, social or other groups that you could reengage with?Despite everything we know about the importance of maintaining social connections as we get older, finding friends after 60 can be a challenge.As we age, the easy social connections that we enjoyed as schoolmates, parents and colleagues change.
One of the easiest ways to find friendship after 60 is to reconnect with your old friends form high school, university or work. Sometimes the people that you find you have the most in common with may not be the people that you knew when you were younger.
So, don’t be afraid to reach out to people that you already know – but, also don’t be afraid to use reunions and other events to meet other people with a similar background to you.
You might be surprised that you have developed common interests with your old friends in the years after school.
The longer you stay in your own cocoon, the greater the chances that you will slip into an even darker mental state, like depression. Once you prepare yourself mentally for the road ahead, it’s time to define what “friendship” means to you.
After all, as the Cheshire Cat in Alice in Wonderland said, “If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will get you there.” What do you value most in your friends?For all you know, they might be in the same situation as you.