Making the transition into a new home, lifestyle, and routine can be a stressful life change for elderly seniors moving into an assisted living facility. New friends and social events can make the transition a little easier.
In a survey on loneliness and social isolation from the University of Michigan, 8 percent of older adults between the ages of 50-80 said they often lacked companionship and felt lonely. (https://www.healthyagingpoll.org/report/loneliness-and-health)
You are never too old to meet new people or make new friends. Although making new friends may seem difficult, Copperleaf has three ways for seniors to make new friends and stay social.
Say yes to social events and invitations.
Attending social events or activities is the easiest way to surround yourself with new people and start a conversation with others. Ask for a schedule of events and activities and attend as many as you are able.
Be open to invitations by others in your community. Keeping busy by attending activities and having conversations with others will help you feel included and less lonely.
Spark up a conversation.
The best way to meet new friends is to put yourself out there and talk about your interests to see what you have in common.Starting a conversation with a stranger might seem tricky at first but being friendly is key to building strong relationships.
Ask the people questions to engage them in meaningful conversations. Share your likes and dislikes to display your personality. Meal times in the dining room is a great time and place to talk to others.
Keep an open mind.
There may be people you just don’t mix well with at first, and that’s ok. You can’t expect to get along with everyone, but a warm smile and a friendly hello does go a long way. Try conversing with a large variety of people before you make judgements.
Copperleaf’s Assisted Living homes offer many opportunities to meet new people and build friendships in a safe, positive, and welcoming environment. Making new friends and being social can improve the overall health and wellbeing of your loved one.