Inspiring friendships abound at Holiday Retirement communities
“Make new friends, but keep the old ones; one is silver and the other gold…” As the song explains, you can never have too many friends—especially when they live down the hall from you in a senior living community. You get to enjoy meals together and go to all the events and activities with a buddy. What could be better?
If you’re in need of inspiration to smile and say hi to your neighbor as you grab your mail or ask an acquaintance out for coffee, Jan and Mable or Erlene and Betty are sure to do the trick.
Jan and Mable
Jan and Mable have been residents at Holiday Retirement at Highland Estates since 2011 and 2014, respectively. Although the pair didn’t know each other before moving into the Cedar Park, Texas, retirement community, they’re nearly inseparable these days.
The two ladies enjoy many of the same activities—shopping and trying new restaurants in town, which gives them plenty of time to chat and share stories from their past. Jan loves Mable and her bossy personality, it reminds her of a caring mother hen. For Jan, Mable is like her big sister. For Mable, Jan is her bosom buddy because she doesn’t like to gossip and loves to love. Known among Highland Estates as the resident “best friends,” this duo inspires others in the community to step out of their comfort zone and make a new friend or two.
Erlene and Betty
Like two peas in a pod, Erlene and Betty are the best of friends. After living at Holiday Retirement’s Royal Palm Retirement Centre for about a year, Erlene was out walking one day and met Betty; and now, you’ll rarely find them apart.
From Royal Palm Cheerleaders to the Happy Stitchers Club, Betty and Erlene are quite active in the Florida senior living community they call home, which inspires fellow residents to try a new activity or engage with fellow residents outside of the dining room. Their friendship is a joy to watch; they share a similar goofy sense of humor and can be heard laughing from all areas of the community. Taking it back to the day their friendship began, one of Betty and Erlene’s favorite activities is to catch up on the latest news while walking the grounds.
While these are just two examples of some steadfast friendships that have developed at Holiday Retirement communities, socializing on any level can positively impact your health. With senior living, there are numerous ways built-in to each day to foster social interaction, which can increase your safety, purpose and belonging, enjoyment and sense of home. Find out more about the social benefits of senior living here.
Contact a Holiday Retirement community near you and explore how your friendships can grow!