Social connections: Family, friends, and community for women as we age

Social connections, including family ties, friendships, and caregiving make up a crucial part of our lives. As we age, these bonds can become even more important. They act as links to our shared histories, can fill our daily lives with joys and challenges, and may even get us thinking about the legacies we’ll leave behind.  

The following pages contain a wide and detailed range of information and resources on this topic, including on issues such as forming new friendships, caring for family members, volunteering, connecting with new communities, and how relationships can change for women as we age.

Link to connection and caring in social context

Connection and caring in social context

Link to family relationships

Family relationships for older women

Link to friendship and community for older women

Friendships and community for older women

Link to older women and caregiving

Older women and caregiving