If you are considering making a move to a senior living community, you may feel less excited about the many socialization opportunities that are available there. Most often than not, that is because you regard yourself as an introvert, and interacting with others is not really your cup of tea. As senior living communities offer plenty of senior living events and programs, socializing will be part of your daily life as you take advantage of every opportunity you have to pursue your hobbies and interests. Here are some tips that can help you to make new friends in senior living.
Try not to avoid eye contact with your neighbors whom you pass by in the common spaces or hallways. Just smile and say “hello” and you will notice that you will automatically get a kind response. Through these simple gestures, you can now get to know your neighbors and the community staff. If you are naturally shy, this might be a challenging task to take on. However, as you go on every day, you will find that it becomes much easier than you had imagined.
Take a Daily Walk
A senior living community offers plenty of space where it is ideal for daily strolls. Instead of being confined alone in your apartment, take a stroll every day at different areas of the senior living community. You will get to know about the different facilities that the community offers while meeting new people along the way with whom you can make friends with.
Have Meals with Different People
Mealtimes provide residents with an avenue for them to meet new people. While most residents may already be in their usual groups, most of them will likely welcome a new guest. Just look out for friendly faces and ask if you could join their group for a meal.
Look Through the Calendar of Events
There are plenty of senior living events that are coordinated for residents to enjoy daily. Look through the daily calendar of events and pick one that best suits your personal interests. If you prefer to attend a class with someone, ask a neighbor if they would like to join you. You may also seek the assistance of the on-site activities director to introduce you to other residents with the same interests as you.
Invite Fellow Residents
You can invite your neighbors to have tea or coffee in your apartment. Enjoy meaningful conversations and get to know them better by asking questions about their career, life, and family. If you invite several neighbors every week, you will eventually have a large circle of friends from whom you can get support whenever it is needed.
Choosing Discovery Village At Tampa Palms as Your Retirement Home
Our senior living community offers a family-oriented senior living atmosphere that lets you lead a much more enriching retirement. We provide the full range of activities, care, and services that you require now or in the future. Schedule a tour today to experience for yourself the different facilities we offer.