The importance of socialization for 55+ adults

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOTV) – Isolation is fatal as we grow older.  So socializing is one of the best things to staying sharp. AARP ADVISES  three ways to network and build new connections:  Don’t be afraid to go into a social setting by yourself.  Step out of your comfort zone and try someplace new— there’s a host of restaurants, bars and breweries in West Michigan so be adventurous.  And strike up conversation with someone you don’t know.  It’s a great way to build confidence.

AARP offers monthly gatherings called “AARP on Tap” for older adults to connect, network and get to know other interesting adults 50+.  Gab over a beer, tour the brewery and stimulate the brain with an activity at each of these events.  AARP on Tap takes place the 4th Tuesday of each month from 4-6:30pm at various breweries around West Michigan.  Below is a schedule of AARP on Tap…

AARP on Tap

AARP Grand Rapids/Brew City Brewers Guild

Schedule – 4th Tuesday, 4:00 to 6:30 p.m.

2018 – 2019

January 23 – Harmony Hall – 401 Stocking Ave NW, Grand Rapids

February 27 – 5 Lakes Brewing Company – 1638 142nd Ave, Dorr

March 27 – Rockford Brewing Company – 12 E Bridge St, Rockford

  • Brain Health Activity:  Live swing/combo music from West Michigan New Horizons

April 24 – Creston Brewery – 1504 Plainfield Ave NE, Grand Rapids

  • Brain Health Activity:  Magic from renowned magician, PJ Webber

May 22 – Atwater Brewery – 201 Michigan St NW, Grand Rapids

  • Brain Health Activity:  LEGO Serious Play

June 26 – Vander Mill – 505 Ball Ave. NE, Grand Rapids

  • Brain Health Activity:   TBD

July 24 – Brewery Vivant – 925 Cherry St SE, Grand Rapids

  • Brain Health Activity:  Adult Coloring on a Graffiti Wall

August 28 – Bier Distillery – 5295 West River Dr. NE #100, Comstock Park

  • Brain Health Activity:  GrandyLand game night

September 25 – Grand Rapids Brewing Company – 1 Ionia Ave SW, Grand Rapids

  • Brain Health Activity:  Instrument Petting Zoo (courtesy of West Michigan New Horizons)

October 23 – Jaden James Brewery – 4665 Broadmoor, Kentwood

  • Brain Health Activity:  Comedy Showcase

November 27 – Pike 51 Brewery – 3768 Chicago Drive, Hudsonville

  • Brain Health Activity:  TBD

December – NO EVENT

January 22, 2019 – Thornapple Brewing – 6262 28th St, Cascade

  • Brain Health Activity:  TBD

February 26, 2019 – Railtown Brewery – 3555 68th St SE, Caledonia

  • Brain Health Activity: TBD

March 26, 2019 – Two Guys Brewing – 2356 Porter St SW, Wyoming

  • Brain Health Activity:  TBD

April 23, 2019 — The Knickerbocker – New Holland Brewery — 417 Bridge St NW, GR

  • Brain Health Activity: TBD


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