Moving to a new place can be exciting, but also a bit of a tough transition. Inevitably, a move means stepping out of your comfort zone and giving up some level of familiarity. But just like when you’ve moved into a new neighborhood or town in the past, there are always opportunities to forge new relationships in a senior community. In fact, you may find it easier to socialize and find people who share your interests, as senior communities frequently offer a wide variety of activities, programs and opportunities for fun, fitness and fellowship.
That’s a good thing. According to the National Institute on Aging, connecting with other people through social and community activities helps keep your brain active, reduces feelings of isolation and ensures you stay engaged with the world around you. People who continue to socialize and participate in activities they enjoy tend to live longer and report a more positive mood and a sense of purpose. Studies show staying social may improve cognitive function and help you maintain better health as you get older.
How to Get Involved and Stay Connected
Living within a community of like-minded adults, you’ll find plenty of opportunities for social interaction right outside your door. Ask a neighbor if they’d like to join you for coffee or a meal when you pass them in the hall, strike up a conversation at a fitness class or social program, or participate in a group trip or hobby group where you’re sure to encounter people who share your interests.
Activities like book clubs and game or trivia nights offer easy initial points of connection. If you’re not sure where to start, the activities director or staff at your new community likely have some great suggestions for social activities you might enjoy.
It’s also important to stay connected to friends and family outside your community. Visits and outings with loved ones, or regular calls and check-ins through email and social media if they live farther away, are essential for boosting your mood and helping you stay engaged with the life you love even after you’ve moved to a new location.