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Increasing Your Social Connections

Social connections are important for our health and well-being at any age. As we age, our physical and mental health may decline, which makes social connections essential to our wellness.

Older adults with strong social connections tend be more active, healthy, and happier. Older adults who do not have strong social connections may become isolated and lonely and tend to be less active, healthy, and happy.

Increasing your social connections can be achieved through big and small steps. Below, you will find some ideas on how to meet new people and gain new experiences.

Tips for Increasing Your Social Connections

Call our Connection Specialist for more information and resources.

Call us at (905) 844-2299
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Category Tips Ideas for who to Contact
Social Activities
  • Set up regular visits or phone calls with friends and family
  • Say “hello” to your neighbours
  • Learn to say “hello” in different languages
  • Sign-up for Friendly Calling and Friendly Visiting programs
  • Attend a free community lunch
  • Faith-based groups
  • Senior Centres
  • Join a language circle
  • Improve your tech skills (computer, cell phone, tablet, internet, email, etc.)
Physical Activities
  • Join an exercise class
  • Join a walking or hiking group
  • Enroll in a swimming class
  • Join an interest or hobby group (crafts, painting, gardening, etc.)
  • Local recreation or seniors centre
  • Local library
  • Listen to speakers and lectures on a topic of interest
  • Local library
  • Join a tour or exhibit
  • Join a walking tour
  • Attend a community event or festival
  • Join neighbourhood groups
  • Join a seniors group
  • Become a Senior Connector
  • Find out about other volunteer opportunities
  • Join a support group
  • Join a cultural social group
  • Join a book club
  • Local library
  • Join a cards or bingo group
  • Local recreation or seniors centre
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