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How to Make New Friends in an Active Adult Community

August 27, 2021 • Fenny Peiffer

How to Make New Friends in an Active Adult Community

Meeting new people and forming new friendships can be a great experience for some 55+ seniors. Others feel nervous about this aspect most of the time. Moving to a retirement community is an excellent way to make new friends, especially as they share the same interests as you.

Most retirees prefer living in active retirement communities just so they can make new friends. Retirees living in 55 plus communities are friendly and will make you feel welcome and persuade you to join their clubs and associations so that you too can enjoy every minute of being retired.

Most often, there are Activities Directors who coordinate the community activities. They will help you select the clubs that appeal to you and also help you get settled into the community. However, all 55+ communities do not employ Activities Directors. But, don’t worry, there will be a host of people to help you settle in and make your selections. Upcoming events and activities are informed via newsletters and websites. So, you will not miss out on any parties and other events. These are the ideal places to meet new people.

The social clubs to are helpful in this regard, as they are specially designed to bring neighbors together. These include gardening, woodcraft, knitting, and wine tasting just to name a few. So, if you like knitting, you can join the club and make friends pretty fast.

You can also consider volunteering. Active lifestyle communities rely on the help given by volunteers to keep the community going. You, as a new homeowner, can volunteer to help with the organization of events which the residents will appreciate immensely. This will certainly help you make friends with your neighbors.

Whatever you do, when moving into your new community, you will not make new friends if you don’t go out and explore the community. Why not take a walk around your community? When you do, you will see neighbors busy with their gardens and homes. Smile and wave. This is the first move to a friendship. Visit the community clubhouse and amenity center. This is the place residents come to chat and relax. Start a conversation and you will be surprised at all the friendly people who come to meet you.

Moving to a new active adult community can be tough only if you think it. So, step out, meet your neighbors and form lasting friendships.

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