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Posted: Tuesday, September 14, 2021

5 Top Tips to Meet New Friends Later in Life and How Assisted Living Can Help

We need friends, no matter what our age. Not only do they add joy and pleasure to our lives, but several physical and cognitive health benefits as well.

Yet as we grow older, being able to spend time with others can become more of a challenge. We may not live near our children or other family members. Friends may have moved away. It might not be as simple as it once was to attend social events or participate in activities.

But with so much to gain from having strong relationships, it’s well worth the effort to create new friends and cherish the old.

The benefits of friendships

Camaraderie adds meaning and fulfillment to life. It’s also fun - as anyone with lifelong memories of much laughter and joy can tell you.  

But it brings more to your life than delight. Consider the following advantages of friendships:

Source: Mayo Clinic

How to meet new friends

One challenge older adults often experience is finding opportunities to meet new people. Following are a few ideas you may want to consider if your parent or other family member could use help:

When you volunteer, you help others and yourself. Think about which organizations you or your parents would like to support. Joining others to promote a good cause can help form special bonds.

Belonging to a faith community is a good place to start. Ask about available opportunities to help others. Check with your local senior resource center, hospitals or long-term care communities who are often in need of volunteers, especially to provide companionship for those who may be lonely.

Choose an area of enthusiasm or a subject you’ve always meant to learn more about. You’ll not only gain the knowledge but will also have the opportunity to meet others with the same interests.

Try a community college, senior center or library to research which options might be available. If you have special familiarity on a topic of interest, you might want to consider teaching a class. Regardless of what side of the desk you’re on, it’s a great opportunity to get to know others with similar pursuits.

Whether you or your family member is interested in playing a sport, taking up a new skill or enjoys playing games with others, this is a natural way to meet new people.

You’ll appreciate sharing their interests and the possibilities are almost endless. Try joining a golf club or sign up at the local recreation center to learn how to paddleboard. Participating in activities with others is a wonderful way to begin a friendship.

Whether you’d like to advocate for local or national issues, travel with others to see the world or join in the discussion on the latest novel from a best-selling author, taking part in a group provides the perfect setting to get to know fellow members.

Ask your friends or family for suggestions or check local sources for what might be available. You’ll appreciate the advantages of remaining engaged and this can be especially beneficial for those who live alone or have separate interests from their partner.

Connecting with others virtually is a great solution, whether it’s due to limited mobility, illness or injury, living in a rural area or one that lacks transportation options if you no longer drive. It’s also fun.

You may want to sign up for different social media options, online groups or forums to discover those who share the same interests or points of view. All that is needed is a device and an internet connection. Most programs are user-friendly but help is always available.

How assisted living can help your parents make new friends

The advantages of assisted living are many if your loved ones need a helping hand with daily tasks, such as bathing, dressing or housekeeping. They’ll find delicious and nutritious meals, a private residence and support to maintain an independent lifestyle.

But they’ll also discover the perfect environment to live and age well.

It is so simple to make new friends with neighbors and other residents with all of the opportunities offered. In a natural setting, they’ll get to know each other at one of the several activities, social events, amenities or even by crossing paths in the common areas. Making new friends and staying socially active has never been easier.

If your parents or other family members have been feeling a little lonely or isolated from others, everything needed to once again live a full and engaged life is offered right outside their door.

Ingleside’s Assisted Living communities

We understand the importance of friendships and have designed all of our communities to provide almost limitless opportunities for our residents to get to know each other. Remaining active and social is a great advantage to both physical and emotional health.

If you or your family is considering an assisted living community, we hope you’ll visit an Ingleside community to discover all we have to offer. 

Take a look at a few of the benefits you’ll find: 

  • Private residences you can personalize to make your own
  • Maintenance-free lifestyle 
  • Chef-prepared meals
  • Fully equipped fitness centers
  • Heated indoor swimming pools
  • Woodworking shops
  • Fishing ponds
  • Indoor greenhouses
  • Beautiful walking trails

For information on Ingleside’s Westminster at Lake Ridge senior living community, please call (703) 420-7105 with questions or to schedule a personalized tour today.

For information on Ingleside at King Farm senior living community, please call (240) 414-8557 with questions or to schedule a personalized tour today.

For information on Ingleside at Rock Creek senior living community, please call (202) 846-2651 with questions or to schedule a personalized tour today.

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