How to make friends in senior housing
For outgoing retirees, meeting new friends is an exciting aspect of moving into senior housing. Yet others may feel anxious or nervous about developing a new social network. Fortunately, senior housing provides many opportunities to make friends who share similar interests.
One of the best ways to meet new people is to frequent common areas. You won't meet anyone new if you never leave your living space, so walk around your community, sit at new tables for dinner, and approach others to strike up conversations. Don't assume that others will come to you; instead, place the onus on yourself to approach others and introduce yourself.
Another great method of making new friends is by signing up for activities. Senior housing tends to offer a wide variety of activities that give retirees a chance to meet and spend time with new people. By sharing in an activity, you and your neighbors become acquainted, and can discover common interests and experiences.
So step out of your comfort zone by taking a craft class you've never considered before. Join an exercise group that will really push you. Follow a passion like golf or art, and participate in your chosen activity regularly; you will have repeated contact with the same people, with familiarity breeding friendship.
For help selecting the right senior housing for you or your loved one, contact Cherry Park Plaza today at (503) 491-1661.
Cherry Park Plaza
1323 SW Cherry Park Rd, Troutdale, OR 97060