If you are a senior, you know that the transition from a home or apartment to an assisted living or retirement community can be difficult and a little stressful. Remaining positive about this transition is key, and one of the best ways to stay happy and healthy is to find new ways to socialize.
Here are a few things a senior can do after the senior enters a retirement community to improve their social life, mental health, and physical well-being.
Join An Exercise Group
From water aerobics and hiking to fitness programs designed for individuals with limited mobility, there are several ways seniors can make new friends while remaining healthy. Make sure to choose a program that not only interests you but that also is best suited for your fitness level. Talk to your doctor before starting any exercise program.
In addition to working out with your new friends, look for other ways your group can improve your overall health. For example, ask community members to host dinners or cooking classes that teach the other residents how to eat healthily.
Volunteer Outside the Community
Making an impact on your retirement community and the surrounding community is a great way for seniors to find a new sense of purpose while meeting new people and exploring new interests. Talk to your fellow residents to determine where the residents volunteer and if the organization needs another set of helping hands.
If there are no volunteer opportunities, consider creating your own. Ask around to determine if there are any areas of interest in the community and use these suggestions to create your own volunteer group. For example, if there are a lot of animal lovers, create a group and volunteer at the local animal shelter.
Host or Organize a Community Event
Your retirement community will provide plenty of opportunities to meet new people through organized events. In addition to participating in these events, organize your own class or group that allows you to connect specifically with residents who share your same passions. This group could be anything from an art class that meets once a week, a group that traces the genealogy of its members, or a gathering of outdoor enthusiasts who explore local hiking trails.
From organizing their own group in the community to volunteering and helping out those in need outside the retirement community, there are several ways seniors living in an assisted living facility can improve their social life.