Introverted seniors are similar to introverted individuals of any age. That is they may have a hard time making friends and prefer spending time alone or in quiet spaces. However, by nature we are social animals, and interacting with others is important for our physical and mental health. There is some compelling evidence that the strength and quality of our social ties can increase our longevity (Harmon).
So, in today’s blog article, we would like to give some tips for introverted seniors to stay connected because we think that’s important.
Consider living in a senior community like ours in Red Deer, Alberta, where you will be surrounded by other like-minded individuals. It’s easier to make friends and acquaintances when you have so much in common with those who you cross paths with every day. If meals are served in a common area, then it is very easy to sit with others and at least have some small talk.
Whether you are living in a senior community or not, take advantage of activities or clubs that are designed with seniors in mind. These are groups or activities that will appeal to you and be structured for you. For example, groups will go walking instead of ice climbing. The activities or sports will be tailored for the senior mind and body.
Ways to Connect
Be creative about ways to connect with others. For example, if you like to play cards, try playing bridge which requires a partner instead of a single-handed game. If reading or studying is your thing, then consider taking an online class, where you will have an opportunity (and may be required) to engage with other people. At the very least, call or text or try video conferencing on a regular basis with old friends and family. In this day and age, it is easier than ever before to connect across states, provinces, and countries.
We don’t think anyone should be ashamed of being introverted. We are all different. If you are introverted, certainly keep some quiet time for yourself and what you like to do. However, even introverts enjoy and benefit from connections with others, so make an effort to stay connected.
Harmon, Katherine. “Social Ties Boost Survival by 50 Percent.” Biology, Scientific American, 28 July 2010, scientificamerican.com/article/relationships-boost-survival/.
The Hamlets at Deer Park is an independent-living senior village in Red Deer, Alberta. With a warm and caring atmosphere based on tenets of Christianity, generous amenities, and a calendar full of activities, The Hamlets at Deer Park is the go-to independent-living community of central Alberta.
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