Finding Community in a Senior CommunityHumans are social beings, and we have a natural desire to be surrounded by other individuals. However, it can be more difficult to get the interaction and engagement we desire and need as we age—nearly 1 in 4 adults 65+ are considered socially isolated. This can lead to a variety of physical and mental health issues. On the other hand, according to the National Institute on Aging, seniors who socialize experience increased happiness, greater self-esteem, and longer lives. Living in a vibrant senior community is a great way to ensure that you or your loved ones will get the social interactions that all humans need.
Keep Your Independence. Gain A Community.Many people fear losing their independence when they move into a senior community. In reality, that couldn’t be further from the truth. Independent Living isn’t about changing your lifestyle. It’s about enhancing it. If you enjoy being active, fitness classes, pickleball courts, and walking trails right outside your door. If you love being social, there are plenty of neighbors you can gather for dinner. If you never say no to learning something new, you’ll find loads of things to try here. You get to have your own space and go about your day as you wish. But, the added benefit of community and extra care if you need it is always there.
“This environment feeds you socially, emotionally, and spiritually. Who would've thought that at 80, it would turn out to be one of the best times of my life?”
— Connie D.
An Abundance of OpportunitiesWhat a senior living community like Holland Home provides is opportunity. In a typical neighborhood, you might find one or two other people going through the same stage of life as you. At Holland Home, residents are surrounded by other people to connect with, and with all of the programming and on-campus amenities we offer, they don’t have to go too far out of their way to make a friend. There’s a group of people to go through the later stages of life with—the good and the bad
“When my husband died, I was never alone. I could walk outside my apartment at any time, and there was someone to talk to, to have coffee with. I had tremendous community support here.”
Making Friends in Senior LivingMoving into a new place can be intimidating, but the benefit of a senior community is that everyone is looking for friendships. People are very open and welcoming. Everyone has been or is going through the move, so they understand exactly what you are feeling. If you’re feeling a bit worried, here are a few quick tips to help with the transition.
- Join in on-campus activities: Our award-winning Vibrant Living model offers plenty of opportunities to socialize. From fitness classes to Bible study, you can find things that fit your interest and open the door to new friendships.
- Find other new residents: Chances are, you aren’t the only one on campus who recently made the move. Seek them out, and you can learn the ropes together, offer advice, and attend on-campus events together.
- Be patient: You just went through a significant change, so give yourself some time to adjust. Get to know your new environment, offer a friendly smile, and the friendships will be there before you know it!
Reservations Are NormalEveryone has preconceived ideas about what senior living is like. It’s completely normal to question your decision. In fact, we encourage it! We love for prospective residents to do their research, have lots of conversations, and come to a final decision that is best for them. Many, if not most, of our current residents make the move with reservations that are quickly dispelled by the vibrant, warm, and welcoming community that is waiting.
“I found two friends who moved in around the same time, and we bonded immediately because we were all sharing this brand new experience.”
— Lois V.