For many of us, retirement is the golden carrot dangling in front of us as we endure long work days and the annoying chit-chat of workplace gossip. But studies show that the structure and social interaction are what active adults miss most about work after they retire.
After all, unlike the friendship-friendly places we used to inhabit: school, work, our kids’ sports and extracurricular activities, and the like – are behind us. Even though that’s what we wanted, the “retirement brochure” fails to mention the feelings of isolation many retirees feel, especially if they add relocation to the mix.
The good news is that there are a lot of people in the same boat, all looking for opportunities to meet new people and forge friendships that will enhance their new, carefree lifestyle.
So, how do you meet these people?
Join a Group – If you enjoy gardening, consider attending Master Gardener classes or workshops in your community. Do you enjoy travel? Senior centers often feature travel clubs as one of their interest groups. You may also consider checking Meetup.com online to find out about local groups who share your interests. There are community groups (many designated just for Active Adults) that cater to every type of interest, including movies, books, exercise, food, wine, sports, and more.
Volunteer – If you volunteered for an organization through your employer, you may consider transitioning to an individual volunteer position with an organization about which you feel strongly. Best of all, without a full-time work schedule, you may have more time to dedicate to your favorite non-profit or advocacy organization, and you’ll have the opportunity to meet other people who share your interest and passion.
Take Classes – Have you always wanted to learn more about using your personal computer? How about learning to paint or take professional quality photographs, or write your memoir? Maybe you want to learn to play bridge or mah jongg, learn Tai Chi, or to speak a new language. These classes and more are available through community centers, as well as through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes (OLLI) offered through several Georgia colleges and universities, including the University of Georgia, Emory University, and Kennesaw State University. Because these classes cater to people of a certain age, and are focused on life enrichment, homework and tests are set aside in favor of classroom sharing and discussion, providing the perfect forum in which to meet people who share your interests.
Choose a Home in a Windsong Community – Windsong homeowners often find that their communities provide a perfect platform for meeting new people and forging friendships, because neighbors share similar life experiences and goals, and outdoor features such as wide front porches and a plethora of sidewalks invite friendly conversation. Community clubhouses, private courtyards, and homes designed with entertaining in mind have resulted in numerous close friendships in our multiple metro Atlanta communities.
And that “retirement brochure” we mentioned earlier? Well, that may as well have been created with Windsong in mind! We invite you to see for yourself why folks enjoy their homes and friendships at Windsong – Where Life’s A Breeze!