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Social Connections are a Key to Successful Aging

June 04, 2015

By Mary Staackmann, Director of Lifelong Learning 


After people retire, their social networks may shrink. Many people form their identity and social network around their work life, as they regularly see peers at work or belong to professional networking groups. When that ends, the effects of this change can be unexpected for many, and individuals may start to search for new social connections.

North Shore Senior Center is one of the many community organizations to which people in this stage of life can turn to connect with others and find friends and support.

Social connection and the support we find through it have direct positive effects on health, and can also buffer some of the health-related effects of aging. A landmark 10-year study by the MacArthur Foundation, published in the book Successful Aging, underscored the importance of social connection to one’s well-being, showing that the more adults participate in social relationships, the better their overall health.

Relationships with others offer supportive behavior and are a key factor in helping people stay active and emotionally secure by allowing individuals to feel loved, esteemed, and cared for.

There is no “one-size-fits-all” in social connection, which can vary depending upon the person or the situation. You can connect by phone, in person, online, or in large group activities. And not all relationships need to be human relationships. Pets bring quite a few emotional and physical benefits to people as well. The key is that they participate in positive relationships.

There are a number of clubs and recreational groups at North Shore Senior Center that meet weekly in which members find new friends in people who share similar interests. These member-led groups organize around topics such as jazz, literature, or humanities, or activities like quilting, dining, or playing cards.

People also find new social relationships in our many educational classes and discussion groups. And everyone enjoys our big social events such as our concert and luncheon events. Coming up later this season is our Summer Celebration featuring the Banjo Buddies Dixieland Trio and a barbeque lunch! 


For more information, contact Lifelong Learning at 847.784.6030 or LifelongLearning@nssc.org