Steps to Connection: A Guide to Finding Community in Older Age

Steps to connection

Steps to Connection – A new book by ExtraCare

Steps to Connection is a personal guide to finding community in older-age. Find more details about the book here.

The book is available for purchase online, in our retirement villages, and in selected charity shops.

If you would like further information, or to discuss ordering books for your organisation at a discounted price, please contact us at betterlives@extracare.org.uk or michael.roberts@extracare.org.uk


ExtraCare have created a new interactive guide for older people seeking greater community called “Steps to Connection”. This resource was developed during the COVID-19 pandemic, inspired by the community-building materials within our workshops.

Steps to Connection is available for public sale online here, in selected ExtraCare charity-shops, and in our retirement villages, with all proceeds going directly back into providing community and wellbeing services in the ExtraCare Charitable Trust. 

For organisations looking to provide this guide to support their own clients or service-users at a discounted rate, please get in touch for more details at betterlives@extracare.org.uk or michael.roberts@extracare.org.uk.

Download an extract from the book here.

In line with our project’s aims, Steps to Connection provides a long-term solution for people seeking greater community, offering a sustainable route-map to connection for anyone aged 55+.

Part 1 gives readers ways to construct a motivating “Vision of Connection” for themselves, while Part 2 introduces 10 steps individuals can take to boost connection with others.

Steps to Connection is personal, psychological, and practical, offering information and interactive exercises on themes like Nourishing Relationships, Keeping Mobile and Building Resilience, along with specialised sections on Finding Community as a Caregiver, Socialising from Home, and Keeping Connected During COVID-19.

We hope that Steps to Connection can spread the benefits of Engaged Lives more broadly, helping a wider range of people take the steps they need to find a supportive community.

This resource will make an excellent guide for those preparing to reconnect as the COVID-19 pandemic subsides. It’s also designed to be useful during times of lockdown itself, containing specialised advice on staying connected from home, in limited communities, or through technology.

There is an additional array of psychological material exploring how mindfulness and different thinking styles can help individuals feel connected while separated from loved ones, plus advice on nourishing relationships and spreading kindness while distanced or when social opportunities are limited.