The importance of maintaining social connections as people age is underestimated. Finding and keeping friendships after retirement can be daunting. Social relationships previously enjoyed changed as we age because schoolmates, colleagues, and families change. This evolution leads to social circles shrinking and the need to make friends increases. At this age, most seniors have a void in their lives and filling it is not easy.

Seniors past the age of 60 are more prone to the severe problems of loneliness and depression. Many seniors have issues with blood pressure and sugar levels associated with isolation and stress. To them, living in an active community with people of the same age is a help. They can easily strike conversations, do activities together and engage with their peers alleviating stress. That is why having friends as seniors is not only enjoyable, but it is also essential for the health and emotional well-being of seniors.

Technology assists seniors in the search for companionship. Social media connections like Facebook and Skype enable them to stay connected to friends and family no matter where they are in the world. It also assists seniors with reaching out to lost and distant friends.

Research has shown that living in isolation in retirement has adverse side effects on emotional and physical well-being. The older one becomes, the more critical it is to be happy which is achieved by having strong personal and community connections. Being around friends that make you happy, contributes to your sense of belonging and in turn makes you healthier.

By organizing community activities, active adult communities create the atmosphere and encourage the creation of friendships.  These neighborhoods usually include community gathering areas such as community buildings, swimming pools, and gardens.  All a resident has to do is walk out their front door and participate.

Is it time for you to move into a community that supports an aging population?  If you are near retirement age, check out The Tapestry, an age-targeted community in Garner NC.  Call 919-772-4663 for more information.