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Making Friends as an Older Adult

If you’re living in an assisted living facility you’re already in a prime place to make connections and friends. Throughout our lives, our friends and family can grow apart. There are too many circumstances when we age that put us in situations where we lose touch with some really great people. If anything, it can be discouraging to try and make new friends, especially if you can’t remember how you made your original ones in the first place. The hardest part is being the new kid at an assisted living center. However, we’re here to make the friend-finding process a bit easier. Follow these tips and tricks to help you meet new people and form unforgettable bonds.

Friend References

At this time in your life, it’s ok to be picky about who you want to become friends with. Using your previous or current friends as a reference for the kinds of people you get along with is helpful. Think about what traits you like about them and which ones get on your nerves. That way, you can harvest more valuable relationships as opposed to surface-level. It’s ok to not be popular at this point in time. We aren’t in high school anymore.

Don’t Shy Away From Technology

A big part of why Facebook and other social media platforms are popular is because it’s an easy and convenient way to share your hobbies and interests with everyone. It’s also an easier way for introverts to connect with each other. If you are more on the shy side, it can be a great way to reach out to people with similar interests without meeting face-to-face. Granted, you should not shut yourself in, start by building a community in the place that you are currently in and while you’re separated, use social media to stay up to date.
In fact, there are many Facebook groups in the local Boise area and Treasure Valley that are dedicated to specific niche interests. Start there if you’re interested in becoming part of an online community.

Take Advantage of Weekly Activities

At Streamside Assisted Living there are an abundant amount of activities for you to participate in. Take advantage of the activities that interest you the most at your assisted living facility. Being the new person only lasts for so long. Soon enough you’ll be a regular! The hardest part is going. Motivate yourself using these 3 methods backed by science; get positive, get rewarded, get peer pressure. In this case, hopefully, the reward would be making a new friend.

Look in the Mirror

One of the first things you should do before going out and trying to make friends is to look at yourself and within yourself. Tell yourself all of the positive qualities about what makes you unique and what kind of friend you would be to another person. You may have thought you fully understand yourself after having your mid-life crisis, but with a huge shift in your overall surroundings and schedule, it can be hard to avoid another identity crisis. Knowing what kind of person you are will help you find out the kind of people you want to surround yourself with. Some people are low maintenance, while others can be high, you just have to figure out what type of friendship you will treasure the most.

Assisted Living in Nampa

At Streamside it’s important you have the autonomy to make the friends you want in a community that supports building healthy friendships. With us, you will feel like you are in your own private home without the hassle of daily chores. If you still aren’t sure about an assisted living center, check out our FAQ page to make sure it’s the right fit for you or your loved one.

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