Many times when a senior citizen moves into senior living apartments, they are leaving behind more than just a house or nearby family members – they may also be saying goodbye to the friends that they see every day, such as neighbors. Making new friends as an adult of any age can be hard, but it doesn’t have to be. Here are four tips for making new friends when you relocate to an assisted care facility like Country Home.
- Get involved with the community activities. This is probably the best way to make new friends in a senior living location. Most communities have some form of weekly activities, such as card games, movie nights, and more. If there are none available when you get there, start something! You can talk to the staff about starting up anything that strikes your fancy, such as a book club or a gardening group.
- Make it a habit to eat your meals with someone new. Meal times are usually the most socially active time in any senior living facility because everyone is in the same place at the same time. While you may have a certain spot that you always sit in or a certain group that you tend to sit with, consider making it a habit to sit with someone new every now and then. This is a great way to get to know more people in the apartments so that you can widen your social circle. You can also invite any new residents to dine with you whenever you see an unfamiliar face.
- Bring your old friends to the facility with you. If you have friends that are also considering a move into senior living apartments, consider inviting them to check out your facility. This is a great way to renew old friendships and make your new home feel even more comfortable.
- Keep an open mind. Finally, be willing to be surprised by people that you may not have ever mingled with before. Try out some new things, say hello to new residents, and keep an open mind about what you may enjoy. There are many ways to connect with people when you live in a community facility, that are different than the ways you would have before.
If you are interested in learning more about senior living facilities, contact Country Home Assisted Living at 303-840-1986.