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Connections, Communities, and Relationships

Relationships and communities in retirement are instrumental — two of the best ways to maintain a connection to the world.  Too often, relationships during one’s career are based on one’s company, clients, or professional network.  When that connection no longer exists, and we lose those identities, it is up to us to establish new connections.

  • Relationships nourish our emotional and physical well-being and help keep us grounded.
  • Solid relationships and feelings of connectedness to people increase our protection from mental-health problems and help us manage challenges more effectively.
  • The better we understand the importance of relationships, and the elements and activities needed to obtain and strengthen them, the stronger our foundation is for living productively at all stages of life.

The following information and resources may help you make choices that meet your individual needs by building stronger relationships and connections.

AARP, 5 Ways to Get Closer to Your Friends

CDC, How Does Social Connectedness Affect Health?

Mayo Clinic, Friendships: Enrich your life and improve your health

Mayo Clinic, Maintaining healthy relationships with age

Minnesota Department of Health, Building community relationships

NIH News in Health, Care and Connection

PennToday, Companionship that spans generations and reduces isolation for seniors

PsychCentral, The Importance of Connection

Psychology Today, Why Relationships Matter

Psychology Today, 9 Research-Backed Ways to Connect With Others

Psychology Today, 5 Ways to Make Deeper, More Authentic Connections

Psychology Today, Want to Build Stronger Workplace Relationships?