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Archive for May, 2009

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!

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