The Best Ways to Embrace the Senior Single Life

The Best Ways to Embrace the Senior Single Life

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Singles over 50 have many opportunities to live fun and adventurous lives. As seniors move towards retirement age, most find that they have more time for social activities again. Without a spouse or young children, however, singles may find this time in their lives lonely, too.

The best way to combat these feelings of isolation is by getting out and exploring the world. If you're a single senior, consider focusing on these enjoyable activities. You can be partner-free and still enjoy an active, exciting, and emotionally fulfilling life!


Travel Far and Wide

When you're in a relationship, travelling is twice as complex and twice as expensive. Spare yourself the trouble and travel the world on your own terms!

If you're not a fan of traveling solo, consider booking a cruise or signing up for a group tour. Many Organizations such as Road Scholar offer travel packages to destinations all around the world. Road Scholar's trips cater to the 50+ community as well.

Whether you travel alone or with a group, vacationing can be a great way to meet other seniors as well. Friendship and even romance might blossom during your trips, too! Regardless of your relationship status, traveling is a great way to enjoy your retirement days.


Create Your "Best You"

Many of us find ourselves stagnating as we reach middle age. Our professional lives have reached a plateau, and it feels as though there are no new areas of life left to be explored. This, however, is patently untrue!

Single seniors often benefit from taking an introspective look at themselves. Are there areas of your life you'd like to improve? Are their skills and talents you've never fully developed? If so, now is the time to conquer these projects.

Improving yourself and bettering your life is personally rewarding. Doing so can also open you up to more friendships and romantic prospects. Seniors can, for instance, improve their cooking skills through courses at local community centers, beautify their homes through DIY projects, or learn new languages.

By continuing to focus on self-improvement, seniors will find themselves feeling happier and more fulfilled each and every day.


Bond with Your Friends

Most committed couples will tell you that the thing they miss most about the "single life" is the time they spent with their friends. Though couples still get together with neighbors, friends, and colleagues, many find that their core group of confidantes slips away after they've found "the one."

Instead of focusing on a single romantic pursuit, embrace the love and friendship that already surrounds you. Focus on getting together with your friends once or twice a week, or more, if your schedules allow for it. Get together for coffee, go see movies together, or simply enjoy trekking through a local park. Great friendships can be just as fulfilling as romantic relationships. Spending quality time with your friends is one of the surest ways to find joy in life.


Find Fun in Fitness

As we age, many of us neglect our physical fitness. Though some seniors exercise regularly, others confess to exercising very little, both past and present.

Regardless of your athletic history, there are dozens of opportunities for seniors seeking fitness at 50 and beyond. Community gyms, pools, and educational institutions offer many affordable classes in activities ranging from Pilates to water polo.

For singles seeking social stimulation, senior-oriented classes are perfect for learning new skills and meeting new friends. Others may find themselves energized by more youthful peers. Individuals with extensive athletic histories often benefit from joining clubs or teams related to their favorite sports.

Whether you're a beginner or a retired pro, exercising is one of the best ways to embrace the freedoms of singledom.


Join Clubs and Volunteer Organizations

Whatever it is that you're passionate about, there's almost certainly a club or group out there for you! Single seniors often find it socially and intellectually rewarding to participate in online communities like 50plus-Club, book clubs, historical societies, and more. Participating in clubs online and offline is a great way to meet new people and to fill the void of time that often appears during the retirement years.

For seniors looking to serve a greater cause, there are thousands of charities worth aiding. Whether you're interested in health, education, the environment, or something else entirely, there is certainly a charity out there that would benefit from your assistance.

Reflect on your passions and consider joining a club or charitable organization that speaks to you on a deeper level. Your membership in such a group will certainly leave you feeling satisfied.

By getting out and embracing the many opportunities in this world, single seniors can lead even richer, more fulfilling lives. By enjoying life and focusing on self-improvement, singles are more likely to attract potential partners, too.

At the end of the day, it is most important that you lead a life filled with passion and joy. Do what you love, and love just might sneak up on you, too!


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Editor, 04/02/2015