When it comes to friendship, you might think of school-age kids and teenagers. As we grow older, we can become distant from our friends due to work and other commitments. When we retire, we begin to have more free time on our hands. Although we can spend time alone by watching our favorite shows and reading books, it can become lonely and isolating.
Friendships are important for older adults too. By socializing and meeting new people, you’ll be able to enjoy hobbies and interests together, hang out, and explore new places. Friends will be there for you through times of difficulty by providing a listening ear and a helping hand. This improves your quality of life as you’ll enjoy mental stimulation, emotional nourishment, and physical activities.
However, how do you make friends? Although making friends once felt easy and natural, it can feel difficult post-retirement. Here are some friendship-building tips for seniors so they can build friendships with like-minded people.
Join a Local Club
Local clubs, such as a gardening club, are a great way to meet and connect with people who share a common interest. It’s easier to make friends with people who share the same interest because you will have a shared conversation topic and a common activity to do together, allowing you to meet up regularly.
Make Friends with Neighbors
Sometimes, your neighbors will be better able to help you compared to your family since they are physically present next to you. If you have a good relationship with your neighbor, you’ll be able to approach them for help if any issues arise. You can also enjoy tea time together in the yard or go out for brunch.
Volunteering for a cause is also a great way to meet like-minded people and make new friendships. Since you’ll have free time on your hands post-retirement, you can volunteer your time towards a public service cause you find meaningful. This will occupy your time in a great way.
Joining a fitness club or a yoga class can be a great way to make friends while staying fit. You’ll be able to meet new people in your area. You don’t have to worry about not being able to keep up. There are many senior-friendly exercises available, such as pilates and water aerobics.
Relocate to a Senior Living Community
Moving to a senior living community provides you with a wide range of social opportunities. You’ll have friendly neighbors around your age, a variety of interesting classes to take, as well as many activities to participate in.
Senior Living Community at Rittenhouse Village At Michigan City
Rittenhouse Village At Michigan City provides a senior living community that fosters new friendships. You’ll be able to spend quality time with your new friends as you enjoy restaurant-style dining, a premium clubhouse, a full calendar of activities and events such as themed parties, a beauty salon, and more! Our free Connections transportation service also allows you to enjoy a day out shopping or visiting a local museum. You’ll be able to live your retirement days in a fulfilling and happy way. To find out more about our senior living options, give us a call at 219.207.6281 to learn more.