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For many seniors, there comes a time when they need to make the transition from living at home to living in a senior community. The great news about this transition is that senior living facilities are not what they once were and there are countless misconceptions about assisted living communities that make people apprehensive about moving. There are so many unique options available for older adults from LGTB-friendly communities, to spa like retreats, living centers for couples and specialty homes where seniors can have their own apartments or even homes. Transitioning to senior living can be an exciting time, but it is also a move that many seniors meet with some hesitation.

Typically, one of the biggest concerns that seniors have about transitioning to a senior living community is that they will have to leave their old life behind. Whether it is frequenting their grandchildren?s soccer games, attending their monthly card club or making it for a weekly nail appointment, moving to an assisted living facility can seem like pressure to leave your old life behind; but it doesn?t have to be. Here are some important facts for any senior to remember whenever they feel trepidation about transitioning to senior care.

  • Don?t quit your old routine. There are so many older adults who think that moving to a senior facility means having to change everything about their life. Think of the transition simply as moving to a new home, not a new way of doing things. If you have a set routine, whether its reading before bed or going to the gym every day, stick with it.
  • Keep your friends. Just because your friends don?t live in senior communities it doesn?t mean that you can?t continue to interact with them. Don?t leave your friends, social clubs, groups and organizations behind, stay with them. It will only help you feel more comfortable with your transition.
  • Consider a ride sharing service. If you are worried about maintaining independence and still being able to run errands as you please in your senior living community, consider using a ride sharing service like Uber. It can help you get around and stick with your normal way of doing things once you move to your new home.
  • Don?t be afraid to try new things. It is important to hold on to the things that matter most to you when you transition to a senior living community, but you also shouldn?t be afraid to try new things when you make this transition. This can be an exciting way for you to meet friends, and push yourself to try new experiences. You can still maintain some of the parts of your old life when you make the move, but it doesn?t mean you can?t try new things either.

Yes, moving to a senior living facility can mark a tremendous change in the life of any senior. However, seniors need to remember that it doesn?t mean they have to leave their old life behind. While they can move forward to a next chapter, there are still plenty of ways to stay connected to the life they once had.

How To Make Friends as a Senior

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Senior men relaxing in armchairs

Being a senior can be a very fun and rewarding time in your life. The wisdom that comes with experience can give you a unique perspective on the world around you while you enjoy perks such as the freedom to travel, less responsibilities and the joys of children and grandchildren. However, for many seniors, one thing that is missing from this exciting and rewarding time in their lives is an active social life.

Social circles are always changing, but for seniors they can often be even more complex. Many times friends and family may no longer be with you, old companions may have moved away to retire or you simply may not get out as much to keep up with different social opportunities. This is why so many senior adults struggle with making and maintaining friendships. While it can be a challenge, it doesn?t mean that you can?t make new friends. Here are some easy tips to consider that can push you in the right direction so you can continue to experience new and lasting friendships well into your golden years.

Start Striking Up Conversations?– You never know where you will meet a new, quality friend. Chances are, there are a number of people that you see in your daily life that could potentially be great new friends. Push yourself to be more outgoing and talk to the people you see in your community, whether it?s the friendly neighbor next door, the woman you see at the market every week, or the kind gentleman that is always behind you in line at the coffee shop. You never know who you may have a lot in common with, until you start talking to them.

Join a Club or Group?– One of the best things about being a senior in our world today is that there are so many unique opportunities for seniors in communities across the country. Seniors make up a very large percentage of our population which is why social clubs, community centers and gyms alike all have special programs designed specifically with seniors in mind and that are created to be both fun and to promote social interactions. Join a group or facility in your community, they are great places to have a little fun and to meet new people.

Don?t Limit Yourself?– Just because you are a senior, it doesn?t mean that all of your new friends have to be seniors as well. You never know who may end up being a great friend, so don?t be afraid to reach out to younger individuals. The nice young couple that moves in across the street may be young enough to be your child but it doesn?t mean that they can?t be a great friends. After all one of the best things about friends is that they can provide you with a unique perspective on the world that makes life all the more interesting.

Hop Online?– Many seniors are understandably apprehensive about using the internet to find friends or companions, but you may be surprised to find just how many seniors are on the internet looking for social activities and connections. There are numerous websites that not only help seniors connect one-on-one but that list a number of different social activities and outings in your local area.

Remember, you are never too old to make a new friend. While it may not come as easily as it did when you are younger, if you put yourself out there and keep these tips in mind, you will find many adults your age also looking for new and substantial friendships at this time in their lives.