Some older people select retirement living or active living as ways to stay social when no longer at work.
For those who choose to remain at home but hope to stay active, Northumberland Care Trust has established a senior health mentor program, the Chronicle reports.
Elderly community residents are invited to interact with other seniors and share health tips and advice, but most importantly to offer some companionship for those who live alone.
According to the news provider, this initiative receives support from Age Concern, and the plan is to connect older citizens with those in similar situations to promote understanding and empathy.
The program's coordinator, Ann Kirkup explains that one of the goals is to "support older people to stay as fit and active as possible." She told the news provider that she hopes "the health mentors will play an important role in achieving that."
A different scheme that aims to help seniors improve their foot health is operating a bit further south in Herefordshire and Worcestershire.
Here, a charity and local volunteers provide basic foot care services to the elderly, the Berrow's Worcester Journal reports.
The volunteers spend time with the seniors, helping build a sense of community while offering a useful service.