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Staying Connected with Friends and Family during Retirement

Posted by David Ghiorso, CPA, March 1, 2016

Do you feel out-of-touch with your family and friends? Retirement is a great way to spend time on activities that you have always wanted to do, but many seniors agree that they feel a bit distant from their friends and family. Even if your loved ones are far away, there are many options for you to connect with them and keep the lines of communication open.

Technology and Communication

Are you comfortable using technology to talk with family and friends? We live in a digital world, which means that you need to be proactive to keep up with some of the modern changes that have been occurring. Ask younger family members to teach you how to use communication tools such as Skype, FaceTime and text messaging. These tools will allow you to talk with your friends and family as much as you would like, even if they live far away.

Hosting Family Dinners

It might seem overwhelming to prepare a meal for the entire family, but hosting a family dinner doesn’t necessarily mean that you need to spend hours in the kitchen. It is important to get the family together, and many seniors hesitate to plan these parties because they are worried about the work involved. Instead of doing all of the cooking on your own, make food assignments to ask people to bring specific dishes to help. Or, you can even cater the entire meal so that you don’t have to worry about the details.

Social Media

Seniors are among one of the fastest growing demographics on social media websites, because they see the advantage of connecting online with the younger generations in their family. Sign up for a Facebook or Instagram account and you will have the opportunity to see pictures and updates from people in your family. If you don’t know how to get started on these websites, ask one of your children or grandchildren to help you setup an account.

It is essential that you protect your health during retirement to ensure that you are around to enjoy these years with your family. A quality insurance plan is essential to support your health, and we can help! Contact us to learn more about health insurance for seniors.

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