Our world is becoming smaller and smaller every day. With so much technology and connectivity, you can video chat with your cousin in Alaska and your childhood friend in Germany with the click of a button. Sometimes, though, it’s nice to be able to pick up the phone and call someone to meet for coffee later in the day.
It’s much easier for children to meet new people and make new friends. After all, they spend the majority of their days with others in their peer group. Once you’re out of school, it can feel like those opportunities aren’t as readily available. Maintaining friendships can be a powerful component in the lives of most people, and it is also important for your health. Studies show that loneliness is related to functional decline and a decrease in overall health for those older than 60. So, how do you make friends now?
With a little know-how and investigation, it’s easy to find long-lasting friends and keep in touch at any age – in any location.
Finding Friends Close to Home
Make a list of your favorite hobbies. Do you like running? Or, would you prefer picking up a book or crochet hook? Consider checking out groups based around the activities you love to do. Sharing common interests is a great foundation for a solid friendship. You’ll be able to regularly keep in touch as you’ll be seeing each other at regular meetings and group outings. Sunshine Retirement Living’s wellness program offers an extensive list of classes, seminars, and informational events, where you can learn more and get to know others who have the same interests.
Relive the school days. If you took part in any collegiate or high school clubs or activities, look to see if the group has an alumni association. Most higher learning institutions, as well as different fraternities and sororities, have groups for those who have already graduated. Not only will you make new friends of all ages who have a common bond, but you may even reconnect with former classmates.
Speaking of school, take some classes and learn something new. Whether you check out a local community college or take classes through the local senior center or municipality, you’ll likely pick up or sharpen your skills while making new friends.
Take charge. If you like to volunteer, offer to spearhead the next event. Maybe a local homeless shelter has a fundraiser, or an animal rescue group wants a volunteer to help keep their inventory under control. Making a deeper commitment to a cause you care about will not only help your favorite charity, but will give you the opportunity to meet new people.
Meet Friends in Other Destinations
Stop by a different Sunshine Retirement Living community. Through a unique travel opportunity, Sunshine Retirement Living allows you to visit one of the network’s 16 different communities in eight states. You can stay for up to seven nights, with three daily meals and local transportation included.
Take your volunteering to a new level. If you like to travel, consider volunteering on an aid trip in another country. Your skills can make a significant difference in the lives of others, and you’ll have the chance to learn about another culture while getting to know people from around the country.
Become a jet-setter. Being uncoupled doesn’t mean you can’t travel. Many companies and services will help lone adventurers find travel roommates. You can often choose from a wide variety of themed trips, including art or adventure, which are both educational and entertaining.
The Best Tips For Finding Friends
Be assertive. Bring your phone along and ask people for their phone numbers. It might feel weird, at first, but as you become more outgoing you’ll find it easier to connect with people you’ve met.
Be positive. Go into any situation expecting to make friends. Having a positive outlook and eager personality will help you seem more approachable.
Be open to new possibilities. While a 15-year age difference seems huge between a teenager and toddler, as we get older we start to realize that age is just a number. As you meet new people, you may find quite a few new friends who are significantly older or younger than you. Give them a chance and you may be surprised.
Be willing to take the first step. Most people don’t feel comfortable talking to a new person or giving someone a call to get together, but that’s the first step toward making a new friend. Start to develop that skill. Wherever you are, whatever you’re up to, you’ll be able to make new friends.
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The leaves are falling, and it’s time to whip out those cozy sweaters, dust off your favorite decorations, and of course, get your taste buds ready for a delightful feast.
Our dining team is top-notch at crafting seasonal meals with fresh produce that our residents love. We know cooking and baking is a hobby for many that can be enjoyed with friends and family, especially during the fall and winter seasons.
For those such occasions, we’ve rounded up some lip-smacking recipes that will not only warm your heart, but fill your kitchen with the irresistible scents of the season. So grab your aprons and let’s dive into these scrumptious meals that will make the season even more delicious:https://ow.ly/Zl8V50QbLMy
As the Thanksgiving festivities wrap up, we at Sunshine Retirement Living want to extend our deepest gratitude to each and every one of our families and team members. Your efforts and presence have made this Thanksgiving exceptionally special for our senior residents across all our Independent Living, Assisted Living, and Memory Care communities.
This holiday season holds profound significance for our seniors, offering a time for reflection, gratitude, and cherished connections. The warmth and joy shared during these celebrations play a big role in enhancing their well-being and happiness.
A special shout out of appreciation goes out to the incredible chefs in our communities. Your culinary talents transformed traditional Thanksgiving meals into extraordinary feasts, delighting the taste buds of residents and families. The love and care poured into each dish did not go unnoticed and greatly contributed to the festive spirit!
To our team members, are immensely grateful for your support, love, and dedication. It's because of you that our residents experience the true essence of Thanksgiving – a sense of belonging, love, and shared happiness. Thank you for being a part of our Sunshine family and for making this Thanksgiving a memorable one for all.