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5 Ways to Make New Friends in an Active Adult Golf Resort Community
Moving to a new retirement community like PebbleCreek is an exciting experience, but, like any move, it can be intimidating at first. Good friends can make all the difference. Here are 5 tips for making retirement community friends.
Take up New Hobbies
A hobby opens up a world of new knowledge and skills, but it can also lead you to interesting people who share your interests. You may find some of your greatest friends in a book club, art class, or golf group in your retirement community. PebbleCreek offers an abundance of hobby choices.
Take Advantage of Community Events
PebbleCreek, like many retirement communities hosts a variety of neighborhood events throughout the year. If you receive a flyer for a potluck or an invite to a neighbor’s holiday party, fight the urge to stay home and relax. Put yourself out there and make an effort to talk to people you don’t know at the event. If you’re able, you may also want to sign up to contribute food or other needs to an event or even get on a planning committee.
Volunteer work provides a unique experience that allows you to see and interact with people in a way that you don’t get with other social activities. As you seek out organizations and causes that you support or answer the call for needs in the community, you will meet like-minded friends who enjoy helping others and staying engaged with those around them.
It may sound silly, but you can make wonderful friends simply by taking walks in your community. As you walk your route, you will come across people you can wave to and visit with. The next time you see these neighbors after introducing yourself, they will be familiar faces, and you will be able to get to know them better and better. You may even want to invite some of your new friends to join you on your walks. This will give you a chance to talk while participating in a healthy activity together. PebbleCreek offers miles of walking paths winding throughout the community!
Step out of Your Comfort Zone
You may feel shy or uncomfortable when you start out in a new community, but it’s important to remember that your neighbors may feel the same way. Don’t wait for people to come to you; try approaching those in your community (or even knocking on your neighbors’ doors) to introduce yourself. Sit down next to someone you don’t know at an activity or club meeting. Over time, you will find that these trips outside of your comfort zone result in friends that make you feel at home.