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Finding friends and meeting new people in the Columbus, Ohio area As you get older, you just aren’t coming in contact with as many people in your daily life as you used to. And that resulting decline in social interaction not only can leave you lonely but it also isn’t good for you emotionally, mentally or even physically. Whether you’re simply looking for a coffee buddy or want to find a partner with whom you can share your life, here are a few ideas for connecting with people in Columbus, OH. Get active. At the Gillie Community Senior Center, there’s no shortage of activities in which to participate, and in the process, find people with some of your same interests. On any given day, you’ll find folks learning how to quilt and make ceramics, playing bridge or dancing the night away. Find new ways to spend your time. Volunteer. Donating your time and energy to a nonprofit is certainly fulfilling, but volunteering also gives you the opportunity to connect with people who share your philanthropic nature too. Whether you want to work with kids or fix up houses, RSVP of Franklin and Delaware Counties can find a volunteer opportunity to fit your passion. Discover ways to give back. Try something new. Ever played euchre? How about burlesque bingo? When was the last time you participated in an Easter egg hunt? Some of the activities on the Ohio Senior Citizens website may make you stretch beyond your comfort zone a bit, but you’ll have fun doing it! Explore the possibilities. Make a date. If you think dating websites are for young folks, think again! People over […]
Barbara Beskind had dreamt of being an inventor since she was 10 years old, and at 89, she landed a job with a Silicon Valley design firm designing products for seniors. When he was 96, Elliott Royce learned the proper way to take a fall in a gymnastics class in Hawaii, and for the past 10 years, he’s been teaching other seniors this valuable skill. While you may not find an after-retirement position as exciting as Barbara’s or Elliott’s, if you follow their lead and do what you know—and particularly what you enjoy—you’ll be just as successful in the second act of your career! Here are some jobs that seniors have found to be a good fit for your skills and enjoyment level: Luxury chauffeur: Donning a chauffeur cap and getting behind the wheel gives you the opportunity to meet a variety of people and indulge your wanderlust. It is also a very flexible job, typically allowing you to name the time of year you work, your hours and even the type of passenger, such as bridal or prom parties or busy CEOs. Tech tutor: If you’ve remained abreast of the changing technology, why not share your knowledge with your peers? You’ll be able to relate better to the challenges experienced by folks your age than younger tech geeks. Most tech tutoring positions don’t require a 40-hour-a-week commitment and can even be worked remotely via the Internet. Researcher: Are you are detail-oriented and don’t mind spending hours sifting through information? Universities and businesses always need researchers to pore through books and websites to track down facts, locate important studies and results, and handle data collection […]