Sometimes as people age, they may find it harder to stay in touch with friends and it can be easy to feel isolated and lonely.
Being part of an inclusive, welcoming community removes many of the barriers to building and maintaining lasting friendships and a genuine sense of belonging.
Living in a retirement living community can help build great social connections.
You know your neighbours
It’s easier to stay in touch with people who live nearby.
Everyday there are opportunities for social interaction such as a chat by the letterbox, a cup of tea with your neighbour, or a wave as you go for a walk.
You’re surrounded by like minded people
Retirement communities are designed to bring people at the same stage of life together.
Everyone is unique, but when you’re living among people of a similar age, there’s a good chance you’ll find plenty in common.
Common spaces create opportunities
Having facilities that all residents can share, like a community centre or outdoor entertaining area, are a central place where people can meet.
Plus, there’s often groups and activities happening; gardening, exercise, card games, or happy hour get togethers.
Residents at ACH Group’s Retirement Villages have a sense of shared support, neighbours provide each with practical help and varied social connections.
There’s the usual cuppas together and taking the bins out if needed, but reassuringly, residents also look out for their neighbours and check in on each other just like they would in the broader community.
There might be a misperception that residents ‘live in each other’s pockets’, but because retirement living is independent living, you can be involved as much or as little as you like.
You’ll never feel pressured to get involved, but the opportunities to connect are always there if you want.
Whether you prefer to fill your days with neighbours, spend them relaxing in the privacy of your home, or pursuing interests and social experiences outside the village, the choice is entirely yours.
Plus, a move into retirement living gives you the reassurance that health and home support services are close at hand if and when you need.
It really is the best of both worlds.
Looking to find out more about retirement living?
Over 550 people call ACH Group Retirement Living units home, across Adelaide and the Fleurieu Peninsula.
Learn more about the benefits of retirement living you may not know and register your interest today.