How to Make Friends When You're Over 50

Making friends can be tough, and it gets even harder as you grow older. When you're young, you're always surrounded by people, so it's pretty easy to meet new people. As you get older, however, people's social circles get smaller and smaller, and there aren't nearly as many ways to meet new people. Not to mention you're probably busy with work, kids, and whatever other responsibilities you have as a grown adult, so you don't have much time to try to make new connections, and this can get lonely. Fortunately, there are plenty of (easier than you'd think) ways to make friends when you're over 50.

Join local groups

There are plenty of local community groups that get together weekly to do activities and spend time with each other. This is a great way to meet people who share your interests and live around you. Social media is a great way to find these groups- there are plenty of options out there!


Volunteering is a great way to meet new people! You can do good and give your time to a good cause while spending that time with like-minded people who share your priorities. It's a great way to meet some interesting people from your area.

Try a workout class

Workout classes can be very social and they are a great way to start a relationship! Not to mention, they are a great way to split up your day while you're working from home. You'll be able to get in shape while making new friends!

Try online methods

There are plenty of ways to meet people online, and QBuddy is one of those. You can specify your interests, where you live, your age and gender preferences, and more in order to get matched to buddies. Additionally, you can attend virtual events to meet people similar to you in a more organized setting. These events are a great way to branch out and meet new people!

Most importantly, be open-minded

You might not meet your best friend for life right away using these methods, but be open-minded. Although someone may not be your typical "type" of friend, give them a chance! As you've gotten older, you've changed, and so have your preferences. So, someone who might not have been your friend 20 years ago has potential to become a great connection, so give it a chance!

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