During childhood, it seems as though you made a new friend at the end of every conversation, but as the years go by, it can be a bit more challenging. However, don’t let this stop you and your loved one from making friends during the holidays as adults! As they say, the more, the merrier, and there’s no merrier time than the holidays! If you’re looking for more ways to help your loved one find new friends, then there’s no need to look any further. The team at The Gardens at Brook Ridge, an assisted living, transitional assisted living, and memory care community in Pharr, Texas, has compiled this list of ways that you can help your loved one make new friends during the holidays.
Food has a special way of bringing people together, especially desserts! When you and your loved one prepare your favorite holiday treats, invite other seniors that they meet throughout the day to join you to share their favorite baked goods. You can exchange recipes while enjoying the holiday treats!
Individuals in a hobby group share common ground with you, making it nearly impossible to run out of things to talk about. Encourage your loved one to join a hobby group suited to their interests and abilities. There are always book clubs to join, or they can even sit in on a public movie showing in their community to find something in common with a fellow viewer. Consider recommending a holiday-themed book or your favorite holiday movie to watch together.
Have you noticed another person spending time alone? Is there someone in the neighborhood who has been here for some time but hasn’t connected with many people yet? Challenge yourself and your loved one to approach at least one person per week or day by starting a conversation or giving a compliment. The conversation can even start by talking about the upcoming holidays!
Whether it’s a holiday-specific event or even an exercise class your loved one has wanted to try, our community events are a great way to meet others and connect. During the holidays, our team puts together festive and fun activities every single day to give our residents and their families the opportunity to connect with others and talk about their holiday memories.
Making new friends can take time, so be easy on yourself and your loved one if your first attempts do not work out as planned. Everyone you meet will have different interests, abilities, and views, so it’s crucial to be open-minded and accepting. However, everyone is looking to make connections and socialize, so your loved one’s next friend is right around the corner in your community!
If you’re unsure where to start, be sure to ask one of our staff members at The Gardens at Brook Ridge, and we’ll be happy to help. Our residents can always let us know if they’re looking to find a friend with a particular interest or if they want to join more community outings. Our team will ensure that everyone can participate and connect with other residents to make the holidays merry and bright!
With these six tips, your loved one will be closer to making their next friend. However, don’t forget to contact their old friends who may live farther away! Schedule calls with friends and with family to stay in touch and grow your relationships. Who knows, they may even have a suggestion for someone you can meet!
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