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Luxury Retirement Communities | 5 Ways to Stay Connected in Your Senior Years

May 20, 2021

Are you finding the prospect of retirement daunting?

Our retirement developments can offer you comfort by helping you stay connected with your loved ones. We have Wi-Fi, devices, and staff on-hand to help you stay connected digitally. 

Luxury retirement communities provide ample opportunities for meeting people and socialising, both virtually and in-person, offering you a sense of reassurance as you head into retirement. Below, we list our top 5 ways to help you stay connected in your senior years:

Luxury retirement communities: retired man and woman talking to friends via laptop

Utilise Technology to Stay in Touch

There are many different ways to communicate via technology, such as social media, video calling, and emails. 

If you don’t have social media, try setting up an account so you can share updates with your loved ones and keep up with their news. 

Video calls are also a great way to have regular, meaningful conversations with your family and friends; these are particularly useful when you live far away from your loved ones.

Emails are a quick and easy way to share longer messages with distant relatives, and you can attach photos and videos too. It could be fun to strike up a friendship with a pen pal. 

Attend Social Gatherings

Luxury retirement communities often have timetabled activities and events for you to get involved in. These can include exercise classes, excursions, and coffee mornings.

Attending these can be a great way to meet others living in your community and create new friendships. Once you’ve established these new relationships, you can organise your own plans with them, such as dinner parties or shopping trips.

If you have a hobby or are interested in starting one, look into what’s available in your local area. Hobbies are brilliant for meeting like-minded people and building friendships. You could even organise your own meet-ups, such as a book club or art group. Hosting each week/month in a different member’s house can be a fun way to socialise.

Luxury retirement communities: Retired friends enjoying food and wine together

Work or Volunteer in the Local Community

You may find that a part-time job or volunteering is the right choice for you.

Having a part-time job can help you make friends with colleagues and customers, and can help to ensure that you have regular contact with people. It may also help you to have a small, steady income for extra little luxuries throughout your retirement.

Alternatively, you may want to volunteer, as this can give you a sense of purpose and help you integrate within your community

Being present in your local area can help you establish new relationships and help you stay connected.

Arrange Plenty of Get-Togethers

Luxury retirement communities provide a wonderful environment in which to make new friends, but it’s important to stay connected with old ones, and to have regular contact with your family. It can be helpful to arrange get-togethers regularly.

Enjoy Games Nights

Puzzles and games can be very stimulating for the brain and also help you to stay connected. Try downloading some games onto your computer or device for a friendly competition with friends, or host/join a games night.

Game nights are a fun, easy way to connect with friends, family, or even your neighbours; load up on snacks and enjoy a carefree night of laughter and healthy competition with your loved ones.

Games: Friends enjoying a game of jenga together - staying connected
Happy seniors in family play jenga at game night at home

Staying connected with loved ones can help improve your cognitive function, reduce stress and improve your physical and mental health. 

Retirement developments have been praised for their response to the pandemic; so, as we rebuild a world post-Covid, you can be assured that you’ll be safe and supported throughout your retirement here at Friary Meadow. According to a study by St Monica’s Trust, many residents of care facilities reported feeling safe and supported during the pandemic, and were comforted to know that other people were around. They also enjoyed taking part in more outdoor activities. 

For more ways to boost your mental health during retirement, read our previous blog.

Alternatively, to find out more about luxury retirement communities, please contact a member of our team.