I have the honor to come in contact with a lot of older adults in the Loveland and Berthoud communities. One desire, that I hear over and over again, is a desire for real, old fashioned connection. It seems as we get older, our world gets smaller. Perhaps our families are busy doing their own “thing”. Our neighborhood which was once a place of strong connection is weakening as neighbors have moved or passed away. If one has lost a lifelong partner, then the loneliness can be even greater.
Our communities have worked diligently to create an environment where we can thrive as we age. There are many activities and opportunities for us to connect with our peers. And yet, for some, it just isn’t easy to drag ourselves out of our comfort zone into “the unknown”.
This is where a “wing man” comes in. It is amazing how much easier it is to do something new when you have a friend or a “wing man” by your side. I can tell you firsthand, that I feel pretty invincible when I walk into a room with a wing man, as opposed to walking in all by myself!
If you are an outgoing, social butterfly in our community who doesn’t struggle with loneliness, I would encourage you become a “wing man” to those in the community who are less social. Invite the single lady or gentleman down the street to accompany you to an event at the Senior Center. If they say no, keep asking. Invite them to different types of events, at some point, hopefully they will say yes!
In our fast moving, digitally connected world, it is more important than ever that we reach out to one another to connect in person. If you are reading this article and are interested in connecting, and don’t know who to reach out to, I invite you to reach out to ME, (Danita). I would love to meet you and see how we can get you connected into the community. Feel free to reach out to me at [email protected], I would be happy to talk about options with you!