The world is changing for 60-year-old women. We no longer have the social context that we enjoyed as a wife, parent or co-worker. Building community and creating a network of like-minded friends is a challenge, but not impossible.
There are many groups that are trying to offer a platform for people to connect with one another, and here are just 5 that I discovered and would love to share.
Daybreaker – a Community, Lifestyle and Movement
Daybreaker is an early-morning, dance movement meetup happening in 22 cities around the world, including Paris, Seattle, London, Hong Kong, Miami and New York. Women of all ages meet on a regular basis in various places before they head to work.
So, at 6 am, the 2-hour session begins – on a boat, in a community centre, in an office conference room. It consists of practicing a 1-hour yoga and fitness experience followed by what they call “dancing with reckless abandon.”
They call themselves “a global family” and represent a good example of the millennial focus on co-living, collaboration and group connection! If you want to bring Daybreaker to your town, there is sign-up information on their website describing how to get involved.
MeetUp – Connects Like-Minded People
I am a big fan of Meetup.com. In the last few years I have started several groups myself and made so many wonderful like-minded friends.
I have found that being very specific is the best approach. So, my “Train Lovers Group for English speaking people over 50 who live in the Zug area of Switzerland” has over 40 members! We get together every month and go on a train trip somewhere in Switzerland.
Meetup says that it brings people together to create thriving communities, and I really agree that a meetup can change your life. You can start a meetup if there is not one in your area, and you will be surprised how many people respond.
Meetup promotes your meetup to the group of people you are targeting and you then meet in a public place to explore a hobby, interest or activity. You can also search online for an existing meetup that suit your interests.
Masala Bhangra Workshops – Add Some Spice to Your Life
Bhangra is a traditional folk dance from the northern part of Punjab, India, and masala means “spicy” in Hindi.
A charismatic woman named Sarina Jain started an exercise dance class that is now offered around the world. You can join or become a teacher through the Masala Bhangra Ambassador Training program. Sarina actually modernized the Bhangra folk dance with a touch of Bollywood music and moves.
This is just one example of an exercise program that is offered around the world and gives you an opportunity to meet up with other women who love to stay fit and dance together!
Red Hat Society – Offering a Unique Friendship Club
The Red Hat Society is an international social organization that was founded in 1998 in the United States, specifically for women over 50. However, it is now open to women of all ages.
They say they are all about “play,” and they are focused on helping women to live life full of fun and adventure.
Recognizing that friendship changes as you get older, they offer a girlfriend network. With chapters across the United States, they organize a set of meetings and events that help women to feel connected and able to fight aging stereotypes.
There is a membership fee, and you can become Queen of a Chapter for your area if one is not established. Wearing a red hat – or pink if you are just getting started – is part of the identifying criteria.
Journeywoman – A Community for Older Travel Adventurers
I have known Evelyn Hannon, the founder of Journeywoman, for several years now. Her travel community is entirely online, but I love the way she has built a business model focused on sharing of information and friendship.
Her audience consists of women of all ages, and she makes it a point to encourage older women to be bold, brave and curious!
She shares tips submitted by her community of travellers so you get a much more tactile and immediate connection. Like Sixty and Me, she hopes older women will connect with other women while travelling, and establish a real sense of friendship and connection.
Rotary Club International Working for Social Change
Rotary is a global network of 1.2 million people connecting like-minded individuals who want to create lasting change. They say that their 35,000+ clubs work together to fight disease and promote peace, sustainability, education and economy.
They are socially aware, and their worldwide group is focused on making the world a better place. If you have a passion for social issues and want to get involved, the Rotary Club has a process for engagement that you can join.
These are just a few of the many groups you can become a part of. They can help you start and build friendships with like-minded people.
Friendship may take some time to develop as you get a little older, but you don’t have to go it alone. There are dedicated online groups like Sixty and Methat offer online friendship and support. Why not complement that with an organized group designed for in-person collaboration and fun!
What social groups have you joined to make friends in your 60s? Have you tried using MeetUp, Red Hat or another networking group? Please share any groups we’ve missed or you can recommend in the comments.
Margaret Manning is the co-founder of Sixty and Me, a global community dedicated to helping women over 60 create independent, healthy and financially secure lives. Sixty and Me empowers and motivates women in their sixties and beyond to live confidently with passion and purpose. The original article can be seen at HOW TO MAKE FRIENDS AS AN ADULT
The Sixty and Me website is www.sixtyandme.com and YouTube channel www.youtube.com/sixtyandme. You can learn about all the Sixty and Me channels at www.sixtyandme.com/start.
Hi my name is Lori. I live near Calabasas, Ca. I have been an organizer of a Women’s Meetup grp. For over 15 yrs. I’ve made a few friends over the years , but have been in touch with two women for years. However, for several years I haven’t met anyone that I wanted As a good friend. I decided to finally end being the organizer of my meetup group this month. I don’t know where I can meet other like
Minded women my age. I’m 69. Yrs. Old. Suggestions pls? Thank u in advance. Lori
I am 64..almost retired and bored stiff…..I work in healthcare and all I do is work and come home and sit in front of the tv….help!!!! I just bought a bike…I need new available friends
I am living now in Brooklyn 11223. Semi retired nurse. Looking to make friends.here . From Long Island. Elaine. email@example.com
I’m looking for some type of activities for my age group of 65. It seems to be a focus of much older generation in my area.
I am also looking to join senior groups to me with and make new friends . Senior planet might be it. I’m 66 and after the pandemic I’m feeling so disconnected.
I’m an artist and an alternative practitioner (Reiki, etc)
And would love to try some group traveling not too far from home.
Same feeling. Semi retired nurse. Living in Brooklyn N Y. Looking to find like minded people. Young at heart. Elaine
I am looking for a singles group for my mom she’s an active 77 year old but doesn’t have a lot of friends I’d like her to meet new people she needs to get out of the house I am her daughter we live in Tampa
I AM A BLACK SENIOR FEMALE 68 YRS OLD.
I AM HAVING A HARD TIME FINDING PEOPLE AROUND MY AGE WITH SIMILAR LIKES IN MY AREA OF SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO CALIFORNIA. THERE ARE TOO MANY WEBSITES TO CHOOSE FROM. IT BECOMES OVERWHELMING. PLUS I HATE COMPUTERS. DO YOU HAVE ANY SUGGESTIONS?
In the past, I have found groups to be very helpful in overcoming isolation and difficult times in my life. Thanks for this!
These are terrific groups. I have joined the Red Hats, and Meet-ups at times in my life that were lonely. I found them helpful, but the best thing I did was join a ballroom society, at a stressful and isolated time in my life—the benefits lasted for years! Thanks for this helpful article!
Great article! I would also recommend joining your local OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute) or other lifelong learning organization in your area- there are hundreds! OLLIs and similar organizations offer classes, speakers, special events and more designed by and for people 50 years and better, all dedicated to the love of learning, with no tests, grades, or prerequisites.
You can find a map of OLLIs across the country here: https://seniorplanet.org//nrc.northwestern.edu/?page_id=46
I would like to join a senior friendship group for people in their seventies and eighties . I live in the Summerfield ,Fl . 34491 area. If there is no group near by , I would be interested in hearing from you.