You’ve decided that moving to a community was the best thing for you but now you’re not sure. There are scheduled meal times that you can’t miss without the staff seeking you out. Previous residents are territorial about their place at the table and it seems very much set in their ways. You’re feeling very alone and wondering how you can make even a single friend. The change has been more intimidating than you expected. Don’t despair; there are two actions you can take to turn the tide. Most facilities have an activities director or a resident services director. Visit this person and ask them to personally introduce you to a resident or two that they feel would be a good match for you. Join in community activities you enjoy and you’ll meet individuals with shared interests. Did you ever think that there might be a resident who has lived at the community for a long time and is looking for a new friend?

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About Pamela Wilson

PAMELA D. WILSON, MS, BS/BA, NCG, CSA helps caregivers and aging adults solve caregiving problems and manage caregiving needs through online programs, live support groups, and an extensive caregiving library that includes articles, podcasts, videos, and webinars.

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