Friendships are important for anyone of any age, but it can be challenging for older adults to make friends once they have retired. In a work setting, you get introduced to new people all the time and this can lead to new and unexpected friendships. If you are having trouble making friends in retirement, it may be time to make the move to a retirement community where you will be surrounded by neighbors of a similar age to you.
Introduce Yourself to Your Neighbors
Upon moving into your new independent living apartment, make it a point to introduce yourself to your neighbors. Invite them round for a cup of coffee once you are all settled in, and you may even wish to get some of your old friends around so everyone can get to know each other. This will set the foundation for a future friendship and if nothing else, ensure that you can get along amicably.
Get Out There
Whether you are aging in place or living your retirement life in a retirement community, getting out there is the most effective way of making friends. Think of some activities you enjoy doing and find some classes or interest groups you can join. At Discovery Village At Naples, we make it easy for you with our packed calendar of activities and events. Simply choose a few that interest you, show up with a positive attitude, and get to know new people!
Often, it can be the case that social isolation has stripped you of your confidence. This can leave you feeling depressed and withdrawn, but once you go into it with an optimistic outlook, you will find that things get much easier. Something as simple as greeting your neighbor on your morning walk can make a big difference, and can even lead to a talk about your interests and hobbies.
Familiarize Yourself with Team Members
Upon moving into a retirement community, one group of people you want to build rapport with is the team members who will be taking care of your needs. As you will be seeing them on a regular basis, developing a good relationship will allow you to speak more freely with them about any concerns. In addition, they may be able to introduce you to a resident who shares similar interests with you!
Make New Friends and Build Meaningful Connections at Discovery Village At Naples
Making friends has never been easier when you make the move to Discovery Village At Naples. In our close-knit community, you will find that our residents live together amicably and participate in a wide range of activities together. From independent living and assisted living to memory care, you can find a lifestyle option that best suits your needs when you move in with us. You are welcome to schedule a tour today if you require more information to help you make the best decision for yourself or a loved one.