Moving to a retirement community is a great way to make new friends and get the most out of your senior living experience. But if you’re like many older adults, it’s difficult to step back onto the social scene after spending years dedicated to your career and family.
While it’s tempting to put your feet up and push your social life aside, it’s important to connect with your neighbors and continue to build meaningful relationships.
Here, we’ll explain the benefits of an active social life and provide seven tips on how to turn your neighbors into lifelong friends.
Why It’s Important to Stay Social
An active social life with positive relationships is essential to your health and well-being as you age. Older adults who are socially isolated are at higher risk for developing certain conditions, including high blood pressure, weakened immune system, depression and cognitive decline. Senior isolation can also lead to poor health choices like smoking and a sedentary lifestyle.
The good news is that it only takes a few quality friendships to have a tremendous impact on your well-being.
Benefits of regular social interaction include:
- Improved quality of life
- More active lifestyle
- Better sense of purpose
- Improved longevity
- Reduced symptoms of anxiety and depression
- Reduced feelings of isolation and loneliness
Positive friendships can also inspire you to kick bad habits and encourage you to become the best version of yourself.
Seven Tips on How to Connect with Your Neighbors in Senior Living
Whether you’re planning a move to independent living or searching for strategies on how to expand your social circle, these seven tips will help you create opportunities to meet new people in your community.
- Attend community events
Attending events is a good way to get to know your neighbors and other residents in your retirement community. At Legacy Pointe, residents enjoy abundant opportunities to get to know each other as they explore their interests. Concerts, plays, and lifelong learning classes are just some ways neighbors become fast friends in our community.
- Introduce yourself
It may sound simple, but introducing yourself is a great way to connect with your neighbors in senior living. You can knock on their door for a quick conversation, or leave a thoughtful note if you’re worried about interrupting them when they’re busy.
- Bond over your pets
If you and your neighbors have dogs that are just as social as you are, set up a playdate. Having your dog around to help you break the ice might be just what you need to get to know your neighbors… and find new friends for your pup too.
- Use the amenities
One of the best parts about retirement communities like Legacy Pointe are the enjoyable amenities. You can pursue your passions and meet like-minded neighbors simultaneously. Areas like the creative arts studio, fitness center, yoga studio, game room and community garden are always buzzing with friendly, welcoming residents.
- Hang out in the common areas
Instead of browsing your phone or reading a book on the couch, relax in the common areas instead. Find a comfortable, visible space and wait for the opportunity to strike up a conversation. Legacy Pointe has beautifully appointed common spaces and multiple dining venues that offer abundant opportunities to connect with your neighbors. Grab a bite to eat or a cup of coffee and enjoy a vibrant social scene.
- Show kindness
Showing kindness is a great way to build connections with your neighbors. Bringing your neighbor with a cold an extra box of tissues or helping them carry groceries are wonderful ways to express kindness. You can also build meaningful relationships with your neighbors and people in your surrounding community by volunteering.
- Be approachable
Try to be as friendly and approachable as possible. Smile and wave when you see your neighbors, ask how their day is going, and show genuine interest in their lives. Building a relationship with your neighbors takes time. By being kind and welcoming, you can create positive opportunities to expand your social circle.
Discover a Vibrant Lifestyle and Friendly People at Legacy Pointe
Our retirement community in Central Florida offers a unique senior living experience with a variety of ways to maintain an active lifestyle. Browse our photo and video galleries to explore our community from the comfort of your home. Contact our sales counselors online to learn more about Legacy Pointe or schedule an in-person visit.