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Add Some Social in Your Life with a Book Club!

Friday, May 1st, 2009

Many older adults are unprepared for their retired years.  They are unable to embrace retirement with open arms but rather confront this time of life with resistance and anxiety.  On the other hand, those who have thought this through ahead of time, enjoy the free time and are proactive in finding ways to enjoy the extra time on their hands.

Reading books is a great pastime and can also be incorporated into a social activity.  Retired adults have the same need for involvement as the young, and it is important to find ways to stay connected to others.

Organize a local book club!  Talk to fellow book lovers and regular readers.  Start generating some interest among your fellow contacts.  Don’t underestimate the power of “word of mouth” – you may be shocked with the number of people who are interested.

Decide on a local meeting spot.  If the group is fairly small, you could meet at a member’s house.  Meeting places can be rotated each time, to spread the responsibility.  A local coffee shop or library would also work well.

See where your members’ reading interests lie.  Will your club read fiction or non-fiction books?  Is there a particular author you’re all interested in?  What subject matter will you cover?  Perhaps you’d like to keep it general and cover a wide variety of books.  You can cater your book club to suit the members involved.

Book clubs provide retired adults and seniors with a great way to spend some time that is social and enriching.  Seniors can be connected with other seniors.  It allows members to spend time with friends and make new friends too.

For all you book lovers out there – this may the activity you’ve been waiting for!

Meeting Other Seniors in Toronto

Wednesday, November 12th, 2008

It is very common for retired seniors to feel the need to “get out of the house” and participate in various social gatherings and activities.  If you are feeling like this, never think you’re the only one!  There are ample opportunities for seniors to meet with other seniors in their area.

Senior meet up groups, organizations, clubs and social networks have become extremely popular in recent years - and the numbers only continue to climb!

Some meet up groups are educational.  Seniors can learn about the products and services available to them to help them and serve them in their aging years.

Meet up groups can also be social.  Seniors and older adults can find a group or club that meets up on a regular basis to share experiences and stories.  This gives seniors a chance to socialize with others who share similar interests and ultimately gain valuable friendships and connections.

Seniors may want to join a volunteer organization.  Volunteer opportunities give older adults and seniors a chance to be a part of something that is social, enjoyable, and self-fulfilling.

There are many classes, programs, courses and activities in Toronto and the GTA which teach seniors a variety of things.  Just think, is there anything that you’ve ever wanted to learn but you just never got around to it?  Perhaps playing the guitar, ballroom dancing, woodworking, cooking - the list could be endless and the opportunity is at your fingertips!

As humans we need to belong, we need to be involved, and we need to socialize.  Let yourself find the ways you want to satisfy such needs.  The options are endless, and there are many seniors and older adults out there just like you who you’ll be able to meet and enjoy the time you spend together.

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