Are seniors making new friends?

A new study from Statistics Canada has found that people over the age of 65 say they are looking to be more socially engaged, but they are often unable to find opportunities and outlets to meet other people.

As reported by, Statistics Canada found that four in five seniors said they were already involved in at least one social activity, which included anything from sports to religious institutions to simply seeing friends and family.

In addition to researching seniors’ habits, the study drew a strong connection between the level of social activity and seniors’ perceptions of their own health, their levels of loneliness, as well as dissatisfaction with life and depression.

“The greater the number of frequent social activities, the higher the odds of positive self-perceived health, and the lower the odds of loneliness and life dissatisfaction,” Heather Gilmour of Statistics Canada wrote in the study.

The biggest reason some seniors said they weren’t as social as they like are because of poor health, which prevented them from going outside the home for new activities and events.

To help keep seniors social, being healthy is the first step. So for seniors who have retirement advisors who are helping plan for their financial retirement, perhaps health coaches should also be considered.