Making Friends at Your Assisted Living Community

Bethesda Health | March 26, 2015

Making Friends at Assisted LivingSomeone you know just moved into their new St. Louis assisted living community. Perhaps they are new and do not know anyone, or perhaps they do know a few of the community members but want to make new friends.

Socializing with others has been shown to not only relieve stress, but helps lower the chances of dementia and decrease the chances of ill health. It also can achieve a sense of community and belonging.

To make the most of your time at a St. Louis assisted living community, make new friends by following these tips:

Sign Up for Activities

Assisted living communities have a myriad of activities and social events planned to keep the community members active and social. Engaging in these activities is a good way of getting to know your neighbors. The St. Louis assisted living community team will organize games, shopping trips, visits to restaurants and baseball games, arts and crafts, and numerous other activities. These activities provide plenty of opportunities to talk to others about your interests – and theirs.

Engage in Conversation

Initiating a conversation is one way to get to know your fellow community members at your St. Louis assisted living community. Going in with the mindset that others will come to you is flawed. Often, the other person is thinking the same thing, and waiting for someone to approach them. Instead, approach others directly and introduce yourself. You can even invite them to join you at your table for lunch or an activity.

Relax in Common Areas Instead of Your Room

You won’t meet anyone new if you never leave your apartment. Spending time in common areas will allow you to meet those you may not meet otherwise. Even the simple act of sitting at a new table at dinner time can strike up a conversation with someone new.

Another idea is to walk around your St. Louis assisted living community. Not only will walking give you exercise, it is a good way to meet other community members who may live in a different part of the building. You may even be asked along your route how you are doing and what you are up to. Don’t just answer and move on – satisfy their curiosity and be polite by returning the favor.

By implementing these ideas, meeting new friends at your St. Louis assisted living community will be much easier and enjoyable for all.

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