One of the biggest attractions of living in a senior community is the social events available. With multiple studies showing how social interaction benefits both mental and physical health many seniors are now enjoying dances, games, dinners, and shows from the comfort of their neighborhood. While this is an excellent solution if you're retired and craving the company of others, how do you live in a senior community if you're an introvert?
While extroverts are energized by socializing introverts feel the opposite: too much socializing drains their energy. They need time alone to recharge their energy and usually feel uncomfortable if they spend too much time in a crowd. Does this mean they should avoid senior communities?
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Actually, the opposite is true: senior communities are perfect for introverts because they can choose the exact level of interaction when it comes to participating in local events. Even better, they can easily join forces with other introverts to create the type of social events they do enjoy.
What many folks don't realize is senior community living is totally independent. You're not on a whirling schedule of social events, you don't have to join the song and dance club, and you don't have to eat dinner in a crowded dining room every day. You can do as little or as much as you like, and you'll most likely enjoy yourself immensely for the simple fact you're finally socializing on your own terms.
Here are some tips to consider if you're leery of moving to a senior community because you're an introvert:
- Set your boundaries early. Don't suffer through crowded social events because you've just moved in and don't know anyone; instead drop by the social area for coffee or lunch when it's not too crowded.
- Look for other introverts. Join a book club or small crafting group or just go for a walk with a neighbor or two. Or meet and keep up with friends on Facebook.
- If you want to join in on physical activities consider yoga and Tai Chi, which focus on inner reflection while still giving you an excellent workout.
- Check out "quiet" activities such as museum visits, small discussion groups, or small card games.
Remember, senior communities allow you to enjoy the things you like and no one is going to force you to go to parties and crowded events. You can make your home your sanctuary, enjoy the events and activities that are appealing, and skip the ones that drain you.