How to Build Friendships in Retirement

It’s assumed by the time you get to retirement age, you’re surrounded by lifelong friends. While that may be true for some, it’s not for everyone. Whether you have a plethora or a few close ones, building friendships is an important activity in retirement. Knowing how to build friendships requires effort, but the reward is well worth it.

Friendships need nurturing. If you’re having trouble getting together, schedule time to talk or see each other. It might mean making time to talk on the phone every Saturday morning or going to lunch once a month. It might take a while to find the right schedule that works for both of you, but be willing to experiment.

Make time to do things together. Share the experience of a spa date or lunch and going to art galleries. Make time to have fun together. Often friends becomes the people we complain to, but a good friendships need more.

Connect with friends virtually. The largest growing demographic on Facebook is women over 55. Search out old school chums or former work colleagues. Connecting on Facebook is a way to connect and renew friendships that doesn’t take a lot of time or money.

Reach out to new people. If you are new to a community or have people moving in don’t hesitate to reach out to others. Not all connections will result in strong relationships, but over time you can find people to have fun and share your time.

Building friendships requires effort, but like most things in life, worth the effort.

About Cathy Severson

Cathy Severson helps baby boomers find more meaning and purpose in their lives and work. Get your copy of her complimentary e-book Guide to Retirement Activities a comprehensive look at work, volunteering and leisure based on an individuals’ personalities. Call for a complimentary 20-minute consultation to answer your most pressing concern. 928.775.4949 or email Cathy at

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