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Staying Connected

Ways to Create and Build Social Connections

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AARP Foundation helps turn setbacks into comebacks. We offer solutions that help people 50 and older secure the essentials — equitably.

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With a bit of practice, active listening can help you feel more at ease during conversations.

A man looks through binoculars while hiking outside with a companion.

Trying a new hobby or volunteering can lead to more chances to develop friendships.

A woman plays chess over her phone while sitting in her kitchen.

Rekindling old relationships is a great way to widen your social circle.

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Don’t let disappointment keep you down. Learn how to recover more easily when things don’t go the way you’d hoped in social situations.

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Learn how to reach out to younger people and purposefully find common ground for nurturing a meaningful relationship.

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Learn how to embrace technology and discover new ways to help alleviate feelings of loneliness and social isolation.

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Here are 10 methods of preventing loneliness in retirement.

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This nationwide service connects older Americans and their caregivers with trustworthy local support resources.

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Researchers say, being socially active in 50s and 60s linked to lower risk of illness later in life.