Humans by nature are social creatures. Unfortunately, as we get older, friendships are harder to come by as there are fewer opportunities for us to interact and form meaningful connections with new people. Older adults in particular often struggle to find companionship and wind up feeling isolated and lonely. The importance of social interaction for older adults cannot be understated — it is crucial for their mental well-being. Thankfully, there are numerous ways for you to make friends, especially if you are living in a retirement community! Here are 5 ways seniors can meet new friends in their retirement community.
Get to Know the Team
When one thinks about making friends, the team that works on-site in the retirement community typically would not immediately come to mind. But, to overlook the team would be a grave mistake as they are often the ones that the residents interact with the most. As such, it is important to become familiar with the community’s team members. Try to connect and forge genuine bonds with them and they may become your greatest support outside of your family. Do not be intimidated by them as they are very friendly!
Furthermore, getting the know the team may open the door to help you build friendships with other residents. As you become closer to the on-site team, they will also get to know you better. As they pick up on your interests and hobbies, they can recommend you to the social clubs in the community, or directly introduce you to a fellow resident that may share your interests.
There are many ways to get involved around the neighborhood, from joining a social club to volunteering. Participating in communal activities is one of the key ways to make more friends within your community. If you are unsure of where to start, use your interests and hobbies as a beacon for which clubs you should join. This will instantly give you common ground with the other club members, and conversations will flow from there!
Community Activities Are Key
Along the same lines as the tip to get involved with your community, keep your eyes peeled for events and activities that your retirement community has planned. Interested in bingo night? Enjoy watching films? Check out your community’s events calendar for a slew of interesting things to do! Not only will they keep your days vibrant and happening, but they are also prime opportunities to meet new people, so by all means take full advantage.
Host Your Neighbours
While it is fun to join in on communal activities and events set up by the retirement community, there’s nothing quite like hosting your own gathering — throwing a small party, if you will. The quickest way to make new friends, especially if you are new to the neighborhood, is to invite your new neighbours and your old friends to your new home. Not only will this help you become more comfortable with your environment, but it will also allow you to meet new people from the comfort of your own home.