Hi. I’m Connie. As a serial “Grandmapreneur®”, I speak to retirees or soon-to-be retirees on the benefits of pursuing entrepreneurship in Retirement. This blog post will help you with building a support network, which you will need as you consider starting a business.

How to Build a Support Network

Dive into this five-step blueprint to build a support network fit for seniors like you: 

1. Acknowledge the Need

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When you reach out and forge connections, you aren’t placing a weight on others. Instead, you’re connecting and resonating with other human beings. As we go through our golden years, this yearning for relationships remains a constant.

Remember, the desire for meaningful ties is not just a passing whim but a need for emotional, physical, and mental well-being. This network also helps you during tough times, enhancing Resilience and uplifting your spirit. 

2. Identify Key Players

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Building a dependable support circle requires identifying the key players in your journey. Picture your support system as a constantly evolving mosaic, where each piece symbolizes a distinct bond. Begin with the ones closest to you: your family, buddies, and local community. These ties often lay the groundwork. 

You can also include experts like care aides, health specialists, counselors, or local outreach workers. Their deep knowledge helps you navigate particular hurdles. Remember, your circle isn’t limited to familiar faces. Stepping out and cultivating new ties is not just brave but also rewarding. 

Plus, new people can introduce groundbreaking perspectives, life lessons, and invaluable help. So, embrace these interactions warmly since each one improves your network.

3. Join Community Activities

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You can neighborhood elderly hubs, faith gatherings, or interest-based circles. When you join them, you encounter people with shared passions and be a part of a community. It’s incredible how joining a simple weekend exercise session or a reading circle can rejuvenate your soul and build lasting bonds.

4. Leverage Technology

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Though face-to-face chats are unmatched, modern tech tools and digital devices help you sustain and grow relationships. 

Get hands-on with video chat tools to bridge the distance with loved ones far away. Dive into digital platforms that link you with supportive communities or vital services. Many digital applications for seniors are out there, waiting to improve your relationships.

5. Regularly Review and Adapt

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Your support network doesn’t have to remain as is. As life goes on, changes and challenges occur. Hence, you must know how to adapt. 

Take time to assess the strength and relevance of your support network. Do you spot any missing links? Perhaps you’ve relocated or your health priorities have shifted. Fine-tuning your circle guarantees that the right companions are always by your side.


Whether you’re building a support network for your growth or helping someone close, you must stay ahead, embrace new perspectives, and adapt to changes. By following these tips, you’re paving the path to a supportive and uplifting space for yourself and fellow seniors.

Disclaimer: The material and information contained in this article are for general information purposes only. You should check with a financial advisor before making any business, legal, or other decisions.

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As a serial “Grandmapreneur®”, Inukai speaks to retirees or soon-to-be retirees on the benefits of pursuing entrepreneurship in retirement.

Retired from teaching Technical Writing at the University of Maryland and Johns Hopkins University for four decades, Connie Inukai became an award-winning inventor at the age of 68.

Author of "How I got My Product on QVC, The Today Show, The View, and More...In Retirement", she helps others generate free publicity for their products.

She is the creator of Write Your Selfie®, where she inspires people to write their life stories in a fun and easy-to-read format.

Featured in Entrepreneur magazine, “6 Reasons to Pursue Entrepreneurship in Retirement,” Connie encourages Baby Boomers to have an active retirement through business or social entrepreneurship.

Passion has No Expiration Date!

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