There’s a stereotype of men as strong and silent, and along with this stereotype is a tendency to prioritize work and responsibilities at the expense of social activities. As men age and retire from the workforce, many find themselves without a social outlet—increasing their risk for isolation and loneliness in older age.
Isolation can have serious adverse health effects. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), about 28 percent of older adults live alone, and research shows the connection between isolation and higher risks for physical and mental ailments—including heart disease, depression, Alzheimer’s and other conditions.
Because of these risks for loneliness, finding social outlets is important for everyone. Because men are less likely than women to choose a retirement community, we want to put a spotlight on some of the social activities available at Brandermill Woods.
Men here have ample opportunities to socialize through activities such as:
• Clubs and Hobbies: Bond with others over shared interests and hobbies such as woodcarving and gardening. You’re sure to find an activity that interests you and soon you’ll find yourself socializing with others.
• Happy hour: If you’ve been wondering how to make friends as an older adult, then this just might be your chance. Head over to our cocktail lounge for happy hour where you can enjoy an evening of laughter and fun.
• Games: Create some friendly competition with activities such as Wii bowling, dominoes and card games. Our common spaces on campus provide the right setting to gather and enjoy time with friends – new and old.
• Service organizations: Being part of a service organization allows you to help others and also fosters a great sense of camaraderie among those in the group. Ask to sit in on meetings hosted by on-campus organizations to decide which will be the right fit for you.
Be sure to check out the social calendars on our website for updates on these activities and more.
Join us at Brandermill Woods to experience the best of both worlds!