Bursitis. Arthritis. Cataracts.
Sometimes getting older means that visits with friends turns into a laundry list of complaints that reads like a medical dictionary. So how do you spend time with friends that are active and fun? People who are healthy, just like you! The secret… shh, don’t tell anyone… is to get younger friends.
I know that sounds bad. And I'm not suggesting that you dump your original friends. Just that you add to your friendship group, by going younger. You see if your body is healthy and your lifestyle is active, then you’ll naturally want to be with others who can handle the type adventures you want to continue having. Younger people are just better equipped. Plus, this type of interaction with younger people isn’t just more fun, it can help you feel and stay young. Because you’ll be doing more activities, laughing more, and not focusing on the depressing signs of aging. So you’ll keep your body in better shape.
Hanging out with people who are just 10 years younger can improve your outlook on your health, create a more active lifestyle and introduce you to ideas and topics that are new. This can stimulate your body and your mind.
So where do you find younger people? Find them in groups and events that are active. Join up with travel groups, outdoor activities groups, art groups and more. If you have activities that you like to do, make them a steady part of your retirement. Avoid the senior versions and go strait for the regular programs. Or choose a 40+ or 50+ group.
Just be sure you really are up for the experience. A younger crowd will embrace you if they feel like you are contributing and not holding them back from fully enjoying the experience.
One of the best places to find activity groups in your areas is on Meetup.com. Simply create an account and start looking for activity groups in your area.
Here are some lists of groups that can get you started:
The 40+ Active Group Activities on Meetup:
Socializing for 40+ on Meetup:
The Over 50 Groups on Meetup:
Over 50 Travel Group