Podcast: Expert Tips Help Seniors Make New Friends in Retirement

Clinical pathologist and aging expert offers advice on ways older adults can avoid isolation and loneliness

The secret to longevity may be as simple as a few good friends.

According to a recent study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States, social isolation reduces quality of life and actually increases the risk of death. These findings support the notion that people really need other people to be happy and lead longer lives.

However, the circumstances surrounding aging can make it challenging to maintain a close-knit social circle. There are fewer opportunities to interact with co-workers after retirement, neighbors often travel to snowbird destinations for winter, children leave the nest, and spouses and friends pass away.

In a new podcast from MySilverAge.com, Dr. Rebecca Shoda-Meyer, a California-based clinical pathologist and aging expert, addresses the causes of social isolation and shares recommendations for ways seniors can stay connected in social circles. Topics include:

  • The best places to meet new people
  • Ideas for activities that can assist in making new friends
  • Special tips for introverts

To hear all of Dr. Shoda-Meyer’s advice, download the free podcast, “How to Make Friends and Expand Your Social Circle.”