Singles over 60 should be ready to take advantage of the best that the next chapter of life has to offer. Some are focused on finding a new life partner, while others are content to build a network of people who share common interests and pursuits. The good news is that the pool of older folks is growing. According to "Senior Journal," the population of people 65 and older will grow faster than the total population in every state in the U.S. beginning in 2011.
Whether it's watching movies, playing bridge, bowling or enjoying a new restaurant, meeting new friends with similar interests is fun. Single people over 60 aren't only thinking of dating and romance -- they want to make social contacts and meet activity partners. Activities can include golf, cards, trips and tours, dances, parties and holiday celebrations, theatre and dinners. Dues usually range from £48 to £81 year, and you can often attend a few meetings before you decide to join.
Learn to Dance
Besides reaping the many benefits of physical activity, dancing lessons will get you out of the house regularly to meet new friends in a festive setting. Look for dance classes for adults or seniors sponsored by local adult schools, private and community organisations and churches. Lessons are offered in many styles (ballroom, salsa, swing, square-dance, folk) and skill levels (beginner, intermediate, advanced and competitive).
Hobby Groups and Classes
Hobbies such as toymaking, weaving, landscape painting, découpage, and pottery-making are even more enjoyable when they are a shared experience. Classes are offered in craft, knit, or sewing shops, adult schools, senior centres, art schools and community colleges. You might consider supplementing your income by selling your handcrafted items in senior arts and crafts fairs which are growing in popularity.
According to the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association, senior-focused gym franchises (age 50 and up) are mushrooming as the baby boomer market continues to expand. In addition, one-third of the more than 4,000 clubs have senior programming. People over 50 like to work out with people their own age because they have similar fitness goals. Gyms are a great place for older people who care about their health to meet and work out together.
New cultures, exotic vistas, delicious cuisine and new friends and companions can all be yours with the help of travel clubs and organisations who cater to the interests and needs of older people. You can participate in small-group adventures, network with solo travellers or look into volunteering overseas. Check out these opportunities at Transitions Abroad.
Get a Dog
There's nothing quite like a dog to get you out of the house to meet fellow dog owners in the park or at the beach, while enjoying the fine companionship of this bright and affectionate animal. Not all dogs are equal, however, and even within breeds there is considerable variation in personality. You'll want to interview current owners of breeds that interest you. Once you settle on the breed, you'll have a ready-made affinity group.