So you've just moved out of your home into a large senior community. Without a larger home to take care of, you have more time on your hands. This is your opportunity to really enjoy your retirement years, not just get by. Here are some tips to finding your niche in the community and create a fulfilling retirement lifestyle.
Get Involved in the Association
If the senior apartments complex you moved to has a neighborhood association, start attending the meetings. Listen to the concerns that the other residents have and the solutions to problems they discuss. You'll get to know the people in the community better and understand how everyone is trying to make this their ideal living environment.
Try Out Activities New to You
When there are scheduled activities in the community, sign up or drop by, even on events completely foreign to you. If you don't dance, register for the dance workshop. Never cooked a thing in your life? Sign up for a "Bake Your Breakfast Favorites" class. You'll have some interesting experiences while seeing how people work with someone new to the topic.
Ask Other Residents for Advice
A good way to get to know people, even if you're the shy type, is to ask someone for advice. It's a way to get people to open up even to a total stranger. Consider this an icebreaker for starting a conversation with people you'd like to meet, or neighbors that you want to get to know. A simple request for advice often expands into a much broader conversation. For example:
Offer Your Services to the Community
Chances are, you have one or more skills that the senior community can use. A good way to create a niche for yourself in the neighborhood is to make those skills available to others. Your career or hobbies is the basis for you becoming an important part of the community. For example:
Becoming active in the community opens up more possibilities to enjoy your retirement. Where no activities exist around something for which you are passionate, start up your own group. You may discover a number of people who share your favorite interests. If you're looking for some senior apartments in your area, visit The Courtyards at River Park.Share
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