Making friends as you get older can be a challenge, but it is definitely possible. Here are a few tips that may help:

Seek opportunities to meet new people: This could be through joining clubs or organizations that align with your interests, taking classes or workshops, or volunteering for a cause you care about.

Be open and approachable: If you want to make new friends, it’s important to be open and approachable. Smile, make eye contact, and be willing to engage in conversation with people you meet.

Show an interest in others: Asking questions and showing an interest in others is a great way to build connections and friendships.

Take the initiative: If you meet someone you’d like to get to know better, don’t be afraid to take the initiative and ask if they’d like to hang out again or exchange contact information.

Be patient: Making new friends takes time and effort, so be patient and don’t get discouraged if you don’t meet someone right away. Keep putting yourself out there and eventually, you will find people with whom you connect.

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I served as a teacher, a teacher on Call, a Department Head, a District Curriculum, Specialist, a Program Coordinator, and a Provincial Curriculum Coordinator over a forty year career. In addition, I was the Department Head for Curriculum and Instruction, as well as a professor both online and in person at the University of Phoenix (Canada) from 2000-2010.

I also worked with Special Needs students. I gave workshops on curriculum development and staff training before I fully retired

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