The challenge of making and keeping friends grows as we exit school, where our peers constantly surround us. Most adults make friends naturally as they move through the world. At work, during hobbies, in the neighborhood, familiarity, and common ground breed friendship. Retirement removes us from at least one of these connections, work, and possibly others if you are relocating or moving to a retirement community. It’s normal to feel at odds or a little socially awkward as these natural opportunities for friendship change. Luckily, the way into friendship and connection hasn’t changed. It is still based on common ground and shared experience.