Is living in a retirement community really for me?
For some seniors, the thought of spending so much time with others in an environment that is new and unfamiliar may have you already feeling stifled or overwhelmed, even before stepping foot in a retirement community. However, living in a retirement community doesn’t always mean endless social engagements and crowds of people. In fact, many retirement communities are designed in such a way that opportunities for social interaction are readily available, but participation is based on your terms, for when you feel ready and comfortable to engage. The truth is, choosing to live in a retirement community is actually a great option for introverted seniors to receive opportunities for social engagement, but still protect and maintain their independence and privacy.
Here are a few other ways introverts can benefit from living in a retirement community, while still maintaining one's privacy and independence.
Private Suites and Apartments
Need your own space and privacy? You got it. Many retirement communities encourage you to personalize your suite and make it yours by bringing your own furnishings and decor. In fact, along with your own bedroom and bathroom, many private suites also feature a living area for reading, watching TV, working on hobbies or entertaining guests. Best of all, with many senior retirement communities offering housekeeping services, you will get all the perks of your own home, without having to dust, sweep or mop. That’s a win-win!
Interaction on YOUR Terms
Many retirement communities offer opportunities for group activities and shared interaction; however, introverts may prefer smaller groups to large crowds. With a community of people right outside your door, finding like-minded folk who are interested in starting a small book club, bunko/poker group, or crafting club will be much easier! The great part about living in a retirement community is that you can engage with people when you like, on your terms. And when you’re done? Just head back to your private apartment and enjoy the peace and quiet.
Stay Sharp, Stay Engaged
Living in a retirement community also enables you or your senior loved one to meet others their own age, who are likely to share similar interests and hobbies. Many seniors enjoy volunteering, either individually or as part of a greater group, by donating time, lending a helping hand, or teaching others and sharing their vocational skills. Joining a community of other active and engaged seniors is a terrific way to stay active and engaged yourself, even if you consider yourself introverted!
Grow a Garden
While you won’t have access to acres and acres of land, many retirement communities offer garden plots and beds for residents to stay active and get exercise outdoors. If you consider yourself shy or introverted and would prefer a private space instead, you can even consider growing your own potted garden right outside your door - that is, if your community offers private balconies or patios, which most Holiday Retirement locations do! Growing your own herbs, flowers, vegetables and more is good for the mind, body and soul!
Need to go somewhere, or just want to get away? Many retirement communities offer transportation to and from the places you or your loved one needs to go. With transportation readily available, you can take comfort in knowing there are options for getting away from it all if that's what you need.
As you can see, living in a retirement community is a great way for both extroverted and introverted seniors to thrive, with a wide range of ways seniors can connect with others, or even just enjoy private time alone. No matter what motivates, relaxes or inspires you, you’re sure to find that living in a retirement community offers a number of features and benefits that complement the introverted personality type well.
Want some additional information about the benefits of living in a retirement community? Discover more about Holiday Retirement’s senior living communities.