When researching retirement communities in your area to move to from your home, consider it a move to a new neighborhood. There will be new faces and expectations from the people who already live there. You'll want to establish yourself as a responsible part of the community. Here are a few ways to help you learn about and become integrated into this new neighborhood.
Attend the Residence Meetings
If the facility sponsors a residents' association, attend these meetings to get a sense of what the important issues are to the people living there. You'll also discover who the most vocal people are in the community and what their "hot buttons" are. Watching how the administrative staff responds to the residents will also give you an idea of the relationship between the people running the facility and the residents.
Attend Classes Offered by the Facility
This is a casual atmosphere in which to meet your new neighbors. Signing up for a class about something you are interested in is a way to meet people with similar passions. But also try some classes on topics completely new to you. You'll meet another set of people and learn how they respond to someone interested in trying a different activity or skill.
Offer to Teach a Class
Share one of your own interests by teaching a class. If it's not a topic already covered by a class in the retirement center, you'll draw in some new faces with similar interests. You'll learn something about the eagerness of people to learn and you'll establish yourself as someone who is interested in contributing to the community's well-being.
Attend or Start an Exercise Group
If you enjoy walking, bicycling or working out in an exercise center, find a group or start one to encourage others to participate. An exercise group is a low-pressure way for people to get some helpful exercise while socializing with others in the community. For those who struggle to get enough exercise, these groups are a good way to get the body moving while enjoying the company of their neighbors.
Become a Mentor to New Residents
Sometimes helping others to fit in is a way to find your own niche. Offer to assist new residents of your retirement community in becoming familiar with the facility, the community and the surrounding area. Share what you have tried to become a part of the community and the tips you've learned along the way. You'll be helping new residents to find their way around the new neighborhood.Share
6 November 2015
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