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2. Become a board member ….

2. Become a board member on a nonprofit board or other organizational board (feelings of self-worth as a contributing part of society) 3. Go to the local senior center (connect with people who are experiencing similar situations) 4. Attend church services of your choice (increases social connectedness and faithbased strength to overcome) 5. Regular breakfast, lunch or dinner outings with friends (increases adequate nutrition) 6. Cards or game groups (these further improve memory and cognition) 7. Participate in art gatherings or art therapy 8. Exercise groups (maintain, improve or slow aging declines in physical ability and reduce falls) 9. Regularly visit or be visited by family members (having a support system as we age and may need more assistance is key) 10. Fishing and nature walks (offers physical activity with stress relief, strengthens the immune system 11. Learn a new skill. Who says you cannot teach an old dog new tricks? This old dog thinks that is hogwash!

12. Sign up for a senior companion through your Area Agency on Aging 13. Work part time at a school, kids have a lot to learn from seniors and seniors get a younger generation’s perspective (invigorates, energizes) 14. Assist with a community garden 15. Join a scrapbook club (reminiscing - life stories are important) 16. Read stories to children at the library (mental acuity and connectedness) 17. Take classes such as cooking or gardening with the Extension office 18. Join a choir There are so many ways to connect. Seniors and their families should assess whether they have gotten into a rut staying at home and crack the shell of isolation and let the sunshine in.

The Area Agency on Aging can provide resources and ideas to help you maintain independence and enjoy a socially active life. Give us a call at 800-551-3191.

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