How Can I Keep My World from Closing In as I Age?

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from: Longevity Explorers | Sequoias SF, SF Village

Discussion Summary

SF Longevity Explorers respond to the question "What can I do to prevent my world from shrinking around me with age"?

Marty's immediate response is to get a computer. She says that it gives her the ability to see church services, visit vacation sites and archaeological digs, to visit with friends (vs phones, which poeple use less and less) and suggests using online (like Facetime) for free video calls.

Others mention:

  • Favorites like TV's National Geographic channel, and vivid Virtual Reality programs and travelogues 
  • Volunteerism:  Library, Hospitals, and service organizations
  • Interpersonal contact is important and can be found in: meetings, classes, lectures, affinity groups, Villages, Nature in the City walking group, and group (home concerts).
  • Sponsors of activities include:
    • Fromm Institute
    • Osher Life Long Learning
    • SF JCC 
    • SF State Classes
    • SF Library
    • Hospital Auxilliaries
    • Service Organizations - Kiwanis, Rotary, Older Women's League, The Transition Network, Sons in Retirement, Senior Centers, Church Groups and the like

In summary, one can expand one's horizons through: learning, social activities, exercise, theater, meetups, spiritual activities, singing, musical performances, volunteerism and many more. 



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