Friendships are important not only to our own sense of fulfillment, but also to health and longevity. Studies show that people who have a close circle of friends and are socially active tend to live longer, healthier, more productive lives.
When you move to a new community for retirement, or to be closer to your children and grandchildren, how do you meet the people who may become friends?
According to Dr. Irene S. Levine (aka “The Friendship Doctor”), “friendship is more dependent on lifestyle than age,” so start by looking for people who participate in the same activities as you. These may include:
Church – look for a newcomers group or participate in a project or study group.
Volunteer – do you enjoy working with children or other seniors? Gardening? The arts? Non-profit organizations are constantly on the lookout for volunteers.
Social organizations – your local chamber of commerce can provide a list of organizations, including college alumni association chapters, political organizations and clubs where you will find people with whom you share something in common.
Activities or hobbies – whether you enjoy reading, exercise, cooking or travel, there are clubs made up of other people who share your interest. Check your library or book store about book clubs; join a gym or ask the recreation center about biking, walking, tennis or golf groups; find a les Marmitons chapter in your area; check with local restaurants about mix-and-mingle nights.
Classes – continuing education classes and local businesses often offer classes on everything from using a computer to knitting and painting, wine-tasting, writing, and more, often at little or no cost to seniors.
Each Windsong active retirement community was designed to help Boomers cultivate new friendships, with walkable streets and a private fitness center in the clubhouse, neighbors with similar life-stage experiences, and home designs that maximize accessibility, minimize hassles and provide opportunities to enjoy an active lifestyle without sacrificing style or luxury.
Welcome home to Windsong – Where Life’s A Breeze!