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A good social life helps us feel like we belong, like we’re connected to the world around us. That feeling of connection is protective: loneliness and depression are linked to a higher risk of cognitive decline. 

There are times in everyone’s life when there’s a risk of losing social contact. Moving house or town, ends of relationships, losing someone close and retirement can all create a break in your social life. It can be hard to keep social connection going, but there are options. 

What you can do 

Everyone’s social needs are different. Some people like a busy social life, others just need a little quality social time now and then. You know best what you need.  

Here are some suggestions for making and maintaining social connection: 

  • catching up with friends or family over the phone or in-person 
  • joining a group activity through your local council, art gallery or museum 
  • joining organisations like the Men’s Shed Association or Volunteering Australia 
  • joining an exercise or sports club 
  • having friendly chats with shopkeepers or people you encounter throughout the day. 
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Last updated
18 December 2023