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 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 Me that offer online friendship and support. Why not complement that with an organized group designed for in-person collaboration and fun!
I guess I am a rarity as I am a man. However, I want to meet people for social interaction. I am a happily married 78-year-old man. Getting old can be rather boring as one becomes limited in what one can and cannot do. We live in a smaller area where there is not a lot of places to socialize.
I’m a young 69 year old widow, and very much alone, no family close by. My best fried died. Would love to have someone to e-mail or chat with. I love to fish, garden and raise bees for my orchard. Would welcome male or feale pen-pals
I’m Donna and looking for friendships also. My mother just died and I miss her not calling me everyday/night. I could use a pen-pal as well. You have the same interest as me like fishing, gardening/ yard work. I am 63, work as a caregiver for the elderly and work part time at a hospital. Both jobs I enjoy very much.
Reach out to me if you wish.
Hi Nancy I am also a widow its nice to meet you here. I’m a female of 66 years old and like to meet people as yourself
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I am 66 and would love to correspond. Love boating and the beach.
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I live those things tooJean !
Hi Nancy- it’s another Nancy. I too am alone. My husband passed 8 yrs ago and sometimes I just need someone to talk to. I’m 68 and live in a small community in Northern California. I have 3 dogs and 2 mini donkeys.
Hi Donna I’m looking for pen pals and thought I would give you a chat. I am 75 full time care giver for my husband and get lonely for female girl talk.
We were realtors before sickness now I am a full time care giver. If you want to give me a try please do.
Anyone who loves animals that much I would love to make your acquaintance. Just to let you know I am a 75 yr old UN TECH savvy person who is lonely now as I have just become my husbands caregiver.
I read your chat and thought I might take a try. I am 75 and care giver to my husband 79. Just looking to chat with someone as I get lonely sometimes. We just closed our business as we were active realtors until beginning October. I am still licensed but in no position to work at this time. If you would like drop me an email.
Just thought I would look at meeting people that would want to discuss the way life is for more mature boys and girls !
This world is changing fast and I listen to many news and documentaries but seem to not meet many persons that are happy with my open approach to friendship or even talking freely upon first contact .Seems the old world friendliness has gone into hiding. Heres hoping.
Great tips! We all need to maintain social ties, regardless of age.
True. But when your a widow uness not just thst easy.
Hello just looking for friends to talk to it gets so lonely at times would be nice to have someone to talk to .
I totally understand. I would like to get to know others and make new friends.
It appears we all are here for the same reason, but do communications really go anywhere here? Are replies being received?
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Good evening. I’m Kass, I feel the same way. Recently retired to a small town. I was surprised by how unfriendly people are. I’m always ready for kind words.
How are you? I get lonely at times too. I usually go for a walk or write but lately I’ve been feeling a little depressed. Not sure why but I could use a friend.
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Hi Roxann my name is Robyn and I live in Queen Creek AZ. I’m almost 69 and I to feel lonely. I would like to get out and do things but it’s not much fun doing it alone. I enjoy doing a lot of different things any where from movies, playing bingo, going to the casino, festivals just about anything fun. Robyn
I’m Donna and I can completely understand how you feel. I have a husband of 27 years and I’m still lonely…. I like going out to eat , shopping and more.. How about you- What are somethings you like to do?
Hello my name is Deb. I live in Minnesota north of MPLS. I’d like to find new friends to chat with and maybe travel with.
I am a 72 year old male. For the first time I am experiencing loneliness since my best friend and companion of 30 years is now fighting terminal illness. I have suddenly become a full time care giver. It would be nice to have some one to talk to sometime.
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I’m about to retire and I’d love to make new (female) friends to go out for lunch, go to museums and theater, and just “hang out.” I live in NYC and want to meet in person not online (and, of course, I’ve had my booster; in fact my doctor said I can get a second booster at the end of January). I hope someone is interested.
Hello, I’m 65 and just looking for a friend to talk to. Anyone can reach out and say hello I would definitely appreciate it. I have an outgoing and fun personality. Looking forward to talking to someone soon.
Hi Linda. My name is Bob. IAm 80 years old and I widower for 4 years. Like many of us I am lonely and looking for a friend to chat with to cheer each other up. I would like to meet you via media and become a loving friend
Hi Bob, I am living in Colorado Springs, I am 80yrs old and I am a widow. I was born in Berlin, Germany. I feel pretty lonely and I am looking for a friend. I am doing alright, I take walks on regular basis. I like to meet you via media and become a very good friend.
Just like sharing for encouragement
And I’m 62
I am 62 and would love to chat. I am lonely and just looking for friends.
Hello I know loneliness all too well but lately it’s so much worse I’m here to chat
Warmly welcome my kindheared margart
Im Psul from New Zealand
Now live in Sri lanka 50+
Hi Margaret I’m Lylia AR and new to this but like you is a little lonely after retirement and will like to talk to talk to others
I have no relatives, list my best friend years ago.
Would love to have a good female friend to just share life’s ups & downs with.
Hello! I totally understand. I too could use some friendly conversation
Hi I have been a widow and looking for someone to chat to it loneliness that gets to me hope you will answer
It is unfortunate that we are at a place that loneliness is so persistent like an unwanted tick. I will be happy to connect with you
Hi, I am recent widow. Trying to find Penpals to share care and laugh… My name is Jazi . Let’s be friends!
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Hi Linda. I am late 60’s, enjoy just talking and sharing. Let me know if you want to connect.
I would love to just talk and be friends. I watch TV a lot but miss having a friend.
Hi Linda, my name is Regina and I also retired and looking for a friend or friends to do things with. I am also very friendly and outgoing. I went on greet and meet but could not access it. So where do we begin to get to know someone on here. I do get lonely as well.
Hi Linda my name is Margaret and I would like to hear from you. I am 66 and feel quite lonely and fed up at times . I love to play crown green bowling, gardening, table tennis, walking but at the moment I can’t do any of those things as I am waiting for a hip replacement. I have a very good sense of humour
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I am new to this and that seems a bit absurd because I am a 68 year old therapist with a large family
I am looking for friends to connect with
My words for life are
And hilariously bad
I live being active
I loooove learning new things
And love listening to others
So anyone want to reach out?
I will be 68 this October. Like you it’s seem strange searching out for a friend via the internet.
I move to America a few weeks ago, I am an Australian now a permanent resident if America. I have a grown family and my husband who is an American moved back here because if my youngest daughter who married an American. Life is busy for us we are helping out with grandchildren. Be nice to chat if your up to it.
I am 68. I’m married, but lonely. Girls are married live out of town. What City are you in? I’m I n Tampa, FL
I’m 67 not working my children all work and I’m alone a lot .. really could use some friends .. being lonely isn’t good for anyone .. I’m also new to this group I’m from Ma
Hi Brenda, I am married but lonely, I am a young 74 year old, unfortunately most of my friends have passed on, and the others are comfortable just staying home. Would like to have a friend to talk with and just get out of the house and have fun shopping, dinner ,walks etc. PS I am not looking for a lover just a friend! I live in the Northeast of Pa.
Dear Donna, I too am married but lonely, not sure if you wish to phone or text perhaps to ease the loneliness.
Hi Jenny A, I hope you’ve found a friend to fill your loneliness and help you through your loss. I will be willing to offer you support in the best way I can if you’re still lonely. I’m married with two kids and I’ve been down loneliness stage before, it kills me to hear people go through it.
Yes! I’m 66, married but no children or relatives, would love to have someone to talk to & share ups & downs. Someone to share funny stories, reminisce about things past.
Hi Elizabeth I’m married but kids out the house will like to email to tex after retired kind of lonely
Hi Brenda I’m like you very active and have family but no friends love to have a female friend just to talk to
Hi my name is Sylvia looking for female friends l’m retired and 68 years old and very lonely for female companionship I live in Minneapolis into working out daily and started to take an Interest in pickle ball went for a lesson and really like it l would like a female friend to go with me. and start playing with others
hi my friends call me cathy(filipina)…im on my late 50’s…i do like makings friends(nice and with respect…
hope i can finds true friends on this site..thank you
Hi I’m Peggy 67 and find myself on the lonely side lately. Am retired a couple of years and adjusting to my new life as I have also relocated to a warmer climate. Although social media allow us to connect across distances, I miss face to face connection and the presence of friends.
Hi Peggy, like you we moved to a warmer climate four years ago. Have you checked out Meetup? That’s been very successful for me:) Where did you move to?
I’m in sunny Florida. Love it here. I am also looking for a friend.
Please let me know if you are in my neck of the woods. lol
Would love to meet new friends, live in Canada’s West coast. Terribly alone,.. .im a young 61 looking for connection.
I’m a good listener and charitable at heart.
Facing inevitable loss of family members in other countries and powerless to help.
Apologies if I sound to down hearted…..but im struggling.
I too am looking for friends. I am a young 66 female just looking for friends. I hope you weren’t just looking for boyfriends. I just want some female friendships. I am married and live in the deep South
i am on the same situation. Where do you live?
Hi. I live in Connecticut on a farm. I own my own business. I also have 5 kids that are grown and 4 grandkids. My life is full of drama unfortunately. I’m looking for friends that enjoy cooking. Animals and are not Trump supporters
Hello, same situation in the south west, I write looking at trees, a white little Maltese for company, however I too am lonely and hope to make a connection I am not looking for boyfriends, just women because we are communicative and have rich stories to tell each other.
You sound like me. Hope we can connect.
I’m 66, married & really need some girl time to share the journey in life.
No family & feel left out as most do have sisters, brothers, etc.
I too am in a quiet place, perhaps too quiet, in search of friends or a friend either by text/email or phone as I realize we are all far flung in the universe, social media allows for connecting us. I hope for a reply. Thank you for listening
I am living in Colorado Springs, I am 80yrs old and I am a widow. I was born in Berlin, Germany. I feel pretty lonely and I am looking for a friend. I am doing alright, I take walks on regular basis. I like to meet you via media and become a very good friend.
I am 61 leaving in Livonia, Michigan ( Detroit ) and for 6 month now I worked from home. I found myself very lonely and with no friends. Before I travel 75% with my job around the world. Now zero travel.
Any advise suggestion how to find groups in my area or what to do? I love to travel will be nice in weekend only or vacation 1 week .
My Wife enjoyed your article and we would like to know if there are couples/men’s groups over 60 as well?
we are blessed to live in a very friendly community of our country “Nampa Idaho” just outside of Boise Idaho.
Ashton, your sugg was excellent ! I talk with my grands and gt grand constantly sharing info Which we all enjoy receiving. They are very helpful for me.
Great suggestions. One more suggestions: reach out to younger people intentionally. Intergenerational friendships are an antidote to ageism; younger women learn from older ones how their fears about growing older are out of proportion; and younger friends are a bulwark against loneliness as some of the people we’ve known all our lives pass on.