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How to Make Friends After 50

by eHow Relationships & Family Editor

Find new friends even after you turn 50. Even if you are approaching 100, there are plenty of friend-making opportunities. You would have to try hard to not make friends; that is how easy it is to make friends after 50. Read on to learn how to make friends after 50.

Know that you are not alone. There are plenty of people, 50 years and older, who have old friends. There are older people continuing to look for new friends. Also understand that today's technologies make it easy to find friends at any age.

Make friends after a prolonged Internet discussion involvement. Search for a forum that represents your interests. Get involved with discussions. Chances are that you won't be the only person in the forum who is over 50. Depending on how well you express your views, you can come across other people with the same interests and positions.

Find Internet groups for people over 50. Many of these people are looking for friends and look to find friends with other people their age. Join these groups and become a contributing member. After you have made enough posts, get an idea of how many of those people are in your area. Depending on how the online friendship goes, arrange to meet at a coffee shop.

Sit in a coffee shop and read a book, or surf the Internet. Do this everyday. After several of your visits, other regular visitors get familiar with you. Impress them with what you know and contribute things they didn't know. This is a good way to gain new friends, even after you turn 50.

Walk around and find bars frequented by people over 50. Have a few drinks and apply the same principle as the coffee shop. After you become a regular, people at the bar start talking about a topic you are interested in. Contribute to this, offer something real insightful. When they engage you, you know that you have made new friends.

Attend community events frequented by people 50 and older. It doesn't matter if they are playing games or doing community service. After a few events, a few of these people and you start shifting into being friends.