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How to make friends when moving into a senior living community

Are you considering a move into a community? 55+ and senior living communities offer many attractive services for aging individuals and their families. From dining and housekeeping to activities and social clubs, there are many compelling reasons to relocate to a community that fits your preferences.

But you might be concerned about moving into a space with a bunch of strangers. Will you get along? Will you have fun and make new friends? What will you do together?

It may be daunting, but the friendships you make in your new community will enrich your experience, make each day more interesting, and may be the most meaningful part of moving into a senior living community.

Here are some tips for making new friends in your new home:

  1. Participate in community activities: Most senior living communities offer a variety of activities such as book clubs, fitness classes, movie nights, and game nights. By attending these events, you can meet new people who share similar interests.

  2. Volunteer: Many senior living communities have volunteer opportunities, such as helping out in the library or organizing social events. By volunteering, you can meet other residents and develop new friendships.

  3. Attend meals in the dining room: Eating in the dining room is a great way to meet new people. You can introduce yourself to someone new and strike up a conversation.

  4. Join a hobby group: If you have a particular hobby or interest, such as knitting or gardening, consider joining a group dedicated to that hobby. This can be a great way to meet people who share your passion.

  5. Use technology: Many senior living communities offer computer classes, and social media can also be a great way to connect with others. Consider joining a Facebook group for your community or starting a group chat with your neighbors.

Remember, making new friends takes time and effort. Be patient, open-minded, and willing to try new things, and you will soon develop a network of friends in your senior living community.


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