5 Tips for Building Your Circle of Friends in Senior Living

Posted on December 01, 2021

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When you think of maintaining your health and wellness, what do you picture? Most likely, you think of physical exercise and eating a healthy diet. While this is correct, it’s not the whole picture. 

One of the key elements to leading a healthy lifestyle is socialization. No matter our age, engaging with others and maintaining meaningful relationships benefit our overall wellness. From reducing feelings of stress and anxiety to keeping the mind active and stimulated, socialization is an integral part of our lives.

As we age, however, it can become more challenging to maintain our social relationships due to a number of factors. Fortunately, senior living communities, like Silver Comet Village in Powder Springs, Georgia, can help make socializing easier and more convenient. 

It is common to be nervous about making new friends and forming new relationships with any significant move or transition. That is why we are sharing five tips for building your circle of friends in your new senior living community.

PREPARE FOR YOUR MOVE TO SENIOR LIVING

1. Draw from Past Experiences

Chances are, you have moved before at some point in your life. Whether you moved with your family at a young age and started at a new school or got a new job as an adult, you have had to adapt and make new friends. 

While moving into a senior living community is a new experience, it is similar to your previous transitions. For example, how did you make friends when you started school? What about forming friendships with your work colleagues? When you view senior living as just another move, you can draw from your past experiences to form new friendships.

2. Participate in Community Activities

Senior living communities make it easy to lead an active and engaging lifestyle. With activities and events hosted within the community, it is convenient to socialize and form meaningful relationships.

Find activities in your community that you are interested in and get involved. By doing so, you will meet other individuals who share your interests. This could be a solid foundation for building a friendship.

Our senior living community in Powder Springs, Georgia, offers many engaging activities that cater to a wide variety of interests. Schedule a visit to Silver Comet Village to experience our community for yourself!

3. Spend Time in Community Common Areas

It is almost impossible to form new friendships if you choose to spend all day in your room or apartment. Your new senior living community has common areas for a reason. If you want to build your circle of friends, choose to spend time in these areas of your community.

Use the common areas to make yourself open to engaging with others. Even if you find a quiet corner to read a book or watch television, your chances of meeting someone are far greater than if you did these activities in your apartment.

4. Take Advantage of Community Dining

We all have to eat, so why not eat together? Use mealtimes as a chance to meet and engage with new people. Just like hanging out in the common areas, you are more likely to build your circle of friends by enjoying a meal with your fellow residents.

The dining experience at Silver Comet Village invites individuals to enjoy one another’s company during meals. Our balanced and nutritious meals are served in unique atmospheres that celebrate socialization and connectivity. Read our blog, The Dining Experience at Silver Comet Village, to learn more.

5. Be Patient

Everyone socializes and forms friendships in different ways. For someone who is shy, it may take more time to get comfortable engaging with new people than it would for someone who naturally has an outgoing personality. Be patient with yourself and others, and do not get discouraged if it takes some time to build new and meaningful friendships. 

Senior living is the perfect option for individuals who want to live in a community environment where socialization is a part of daily life. Building relationships and creating memories is an important part of who we are. To learn more about becoming a part of our senior living community in Powder Springs, Georgia, contact a member of the Silver Comet Village team.