In addition, many colleges allow older adults to audit regular classes for free, and some have programs specifically for seniors. Senior centers have moved way beyond Friday-night bingo. If you're retired, take a part-time job, even for just a few hours a week. Invite a few of your neighbors for dinner if you like to cook, or organize a potluck meal if you don't. Most have a variety of classes, activities and even trips. It will expose you to new people and give you a little extra pocket money to boot. Pursue your own interests — concerts, lectures, tai chi, cooking classes, whatever. You can connect with old friends and friends of friends — who just may happen to know someone in your area. "Look for things you're passionate about and attend consistently so that you have time to build relationships naturally," Paul says.
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