The Importance of Friendship for Seniors

February 15, 2021 | Senior Living
A group of seniors sightseeing together.

“Many people will walk in and out of your life, but only true friends will leave footprints in your heart.”

Eleanor Roosevelt

There are plenty of factors that play into healthy aging. For example, making sure to get eight hours of sleep each night and exercising are some that come to mind. While habits like these are important, friendship is essential for the healthy aging of older adults. A strong circle of friends can help you live a longer, healthier and more meaningful life.

Of course, building new friendships takes some work for people of any age. As you get older, certain aspects of retirement can take a toll on your social life. Humans are social creatures, and we need connections to thrive.

Friendships Are Good for Your Health

Did you know that having social connections can improve your health? Friends can influence your behavior to help you practice healthy habits. For example, if you’re friends eat healthy, you might be more mindful about your diet.

A close group of friends also helps you keep your mind sharp. In fact, older adults who have a close group of friends are less likely to develop mental health conditions. Some of the way’s friendship can help balance your mental health include:

  • Close friends can boost your happiness and help you reduce stress.
  • Friendship is a great way to find more purpose and belonging in your lifestyle.
  • Friends can help you improve your self-confidence and self-esteem.
  • Your friends can help you cope with stress in your life and limit its effect on your health.

How Can You Make Friends in Retirement?

It’s natural in retirement to notice that your social circle is starting to shrink. Some of your friends might move away to be closer to family. It’s only a matter of time until you have to put yourself out there and make new friends. Here are some ways you can make new friends in retirement:

  • Take a Class: Is there a hobby or skill that you always wanted to try? Taking a class can help you meet other people who share your passions. You can explore your local community center for ideas on a class to get started with. There are even online group classes you can take for added convenience.
  • Volunteer: Volunteering is not only good for your community, but your social life too. Helping others will give you an opportunity to get out of the house and meet new people in your neighborhood. Plus, volunteering can be good practice for your social skills.
  • Consider Moving to an Independent Living Community: Independent living is a great way to meet people who share your interests. You can trade in the hassles of home maintenance for more time to pursue your passions. Independent living communities, like Astral at Franklin, also have a variety of local attractions to explore.

Independent living communities help older adults in retirement build meaningful social connections. Regular life enrichment activities give you more opportunities to meet new friends and joining community groups can help you rebuild your social network.

Discover Premier Independent Living Near You

Astral at Franklin is an independent living community where life begins again. With the beautiful views of Franklin, IN as a backdrop, you’ll be able to forge meaningful connections, spend time sharing your family recipes with friends in the community kitchen or take part in an exercise class. At our community, new friendships and connections are around every corner.

If you’re interested in a vibrant and fulfilling lifestyle, our independent living community can help. Contact us today to learn more about our independent living lifestyle.

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