For retirees that challenge can be even greater. That's confirmed by Glenn Ruffenach in The Wall Street Journal. Without the contacts from professional life, a woman at 72 is finding it tough to connect with other people. She does volunteer work and keeps busy, but there is still a void. Ruffenach asks for advice from readers.
My tip is to not try too hard to make friends. That was my fatal error the first year in the Southwest. Overwhelmed with loneliness I approached establishing a new social network as I usually do hustling after assignments for my communications firm. Of course, that scared people.
What was effective was joining groups with whom I had something in common. And keep a low profile. Eventually people began asking me to join them at Starbucks.
Currently I am blessed with three different sets of friends. The three circles don't intersect. That means I receive three different kinds of social stimulation.