Maintaining friendships when we were young was easy. Most of us spent at least 12 years in school and made friends. Some of us continued on to complete advanced degrees either full or part time. Then we entered the world of work and then we go on to retire.  It’s almost as if retiring raises new issues about maintaining friendships. If we were good at maintaining friendships throughout our lives it’s not an issue upon retirement. However many became busy with family and children and outside friendships waned. Upon retirement when children are gone and a spouse may not exist we find ourselves alone seeking friendship. We either see building new friendships as work or toil. It takes time. Studies show that retirees who have social support and are active are more satisfied with their lives, Sow seeds before retirement to build friendships that will last the rest of your life.

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