Every year, dependent and/or independent living is chosen by thousands of Americans. They’re looking for comfort, high-quality care, and a simpler, more relaxed lifestyle. They also, however, may be looking for meaningful connections and friendships. Fortunately, the opportunities to make friends in senior living communities are many.
It can be slightly intimidating for some people, to live with others in a new culture, start over in a new place, and pack up the belongings of a lifetime. But overall health and socialization can be increased by moving to a retirement community.
Are you, or is a loved one, considering such a move? If so, here are some tips for making friends in a new environment.
A Little Help from Your Friends or Family
There may be a feeling of trepidation going into a different lifestyle. If trusted friends or family members accompany a new resident, this can help to break the ice. People may feel less intimidated if someone they love or trust is with them to help start conversations. This can instill a level of confidence in someone new to their surroundings.
New Residents Are Encouraged to Find Each Other
Chances are, your loved one won’t be the only recent resident in the community. After moving in, these residents should seek each other out. They already have something in common – they are the newbies. People from all walks of life can get to know each other and develop friendships with nothing but “being new” as the first thing they share.
Social Events Can Include Meals
Dances, game nights, and other social events abound in retirement communities. But don’t wait for those! Set up a date with a prospective friend to meet for lunch, dinner, etc.
There Are Numerous Community Activities, So Be Active!
Every day, something is going on in your new community. Many have significantly dynamic calendars. Make it a priority to regularly attend the events or activities that interest you. With people who have similar interests, you’ll soon make friends.
Patience Is a Virtue
Good friends aren’t made in mere seconds, most of the time. When moving to a new community, it will take time to adjust. Be patient. A kind smile and regular interaction can work wonders. Your “family” will develop before you know it.
Enjoy Your Golden Years Living in Style and Convenience
Aston Gardens At The Courtyards, we offer easy access to the area’s best medical facilities and entertainment opportunities. If you’re looking for a great place to retire, look no further than here.
Our exclusive programs for senior living include the following:
- Connections Transportation
- Impressions Maintenance and Housekeeping
- Expressions Concierge
- Dimensions Fitness and Health
- Celebrations Activities and Events
- Sensations Dining
- Ambassadors Club
With lots of support, activities, and amenities at your doorstep, your loved one can wake up inspired each and every day. Aston Gardens At The Courtyards is specially designed to see to it that all the needs of today’s retired individuals are well taken care of.
If you have questions or, even better, would like to schedule a tour, please contact us.
Note: There are three distinct communities featured on our campus: Memory care, independent living, and assisted living.