Beaverton Committee on Aging: How is Your Social Life?

By Beverly Salicity-of-beaverton-LOGO

“Hello, my name is Terry. Would you like to go to a movie or out for dessert together?”

It’s not necessarily a request for a “date,” it may simply be an offer to socialize.

As we age, we start to lose close friends, it’s part of life. Although many friends are irreplaceable, it is important to find new people to get together with as soon as possible to stave off depression. Having someone other than yourself to be interested in does wonders for the spirits. Meeting younger people will offer a fresh perspective and vitality that can enrich your life. Enjoying an ice cream cone with a four year old might be more fun than coffee and donuts with a sixty year old!

Socializing adds to our quality of life at any age and is key to healthy aging. It’s time to evaluate your life. What are your social activities? Do you have people you like to meet for dinner or enjoy a cup of coffee with? How often do you entertain others? Do you need to find new people or activities to make your social life more enjoyable? This is a challenge for many older people as they find themselves not knowing where to start. If you are struggling in this area, you are not alone. Help is on the way.

In January, 2017 the Beaverton Committee on Aging (BCOA) and Viva Village will host a forum on Socialization. Details will be available through the City website www.beavertonoregon.gov/bcoa.

Other important forums slated for 2017 involve transportation and housing, so stay tuned!

See you at the forums!

Become a member of the BCOA! Find out more at www.beavertonoregon.gov/bcoa or go to your City office at 12725 SW Millikan and say “I want to know how to become a member of BCOA.”

For more information, contact: jbrooks@BeavertonOregon.gov