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8 Tips for Making Friends in Senior Living

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You know that silly saying, “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks?” Guess how many times that tired phrase has been disproved. You know they say something similar about making friends after you’ve “reached a certain age.” Who are “they” anyway? And what do they know?

There’s the trick to making the most of your retirement, especially if you decide to move to a senior living community. No more chores. No maintenance concerns. Your only decision is what you will do with your day. Can you imagine that? Your days are completely yours. Making friends in your senior living community is easier than you might think, too.

8 Ways to Foster Friendships in Senior Living

  • Participate in Community Activities
    Most independent living communities offer a variety of activities to appeal to different interests and skill levels. Check the activities calendar, get involved, meet new people and make friends.
  • Make Meals a Social Event
    Mealtimes are a great opportunity for a little senior socialization, whether it’s one-on-one or in a small group with other residents. If you live in a retirement community, make it a point to never eat alone. Make plans with neighbors or people you pass in the halls. Sit with different people each time you eat. Making friends in senior living can be fun if you mix it up at mealtime.
  • Find Other New Residents
    New to the community? You’re not the only one. Be on the lookout for other residents who are also new. You’ll have something in common right away, and you can bond over your shared experience.
  • Be Friendly and Approachable
    This one is a reminder for all of us to be open to new experiences and people. Smile, make eye contact, say hello to people you see around the community. The more friendly and approachable you are, the more likely people are to want to get to know you.
  • Be a Good Listener
    When you’re talking to someone, really listen. Ask questions and show you’re interested in what they’re saying. People will appreciate your active engagement, and they’ll be more likely to want to be friends with you.
  • Be Yourself
    The adage “fake it ‘til you make it” doesn’t apply here. Don’t try to be someone you’re not. Making friends in senior living is about finding your tribe. People who share your passions. Just be yourself, and the right people will be drawn to you.
  • Be Patient
    We know you know this, but it bears repeating. It takes time to make friends, even in senior living. Don’t get discouraged if you don’t make a ton of friends right away. Just keep putting yourself out there. Eventually you’ll find your people.
  • Have Fun
    Making friends should be fun. If you’re not enjoying yourself, it will be harder to make friends. So relax, be yourself and enjoy the process. Even hanging out with folks who have a different view on life will provide you with new experiences.

The Benefits of Socializing in Senior Living

Making friends in senior living can be a great way to improve your social life and overall well-being. By following these tips, you can make the process easier and more enjoyable. Socializing has been shown to improve mental and physical health and increase life satisfaction.

By taking advantage of the many opportunities for socialization that are available in senior living communities, you can improve your mental, physical and emotional health. So what are you waiting for? Start looking for a senior living community today!

Socialize at Lake Seminole Square

Lake Seminole Square offers a variety of opportunities to help you stay active and remain social. Our Life Plan community has a state-of-the-art fitness center, a beautiful swimming pool, a library, a game room and a theater. We also offer a variety of social events, classes and clubs.
Our goal is to foster active senior living in a vibrant and welcoming community. If you’re looking for a senior independent living community with a great social atmosphere, Lake Seminole Square is the perfect place for you. Contact us today to learn more about our community and to schedule a tour.