One of the main reasons my mother-in-law decided to move to an adult living community was the possibility of making new friends. Having retired from her job several years before, she missed the daily contact and socialization that came naturally when she was worked in an office. In addition, many of her longtime friends and neighbors no longer lived in the area.
Just like when you were younger, it can feel intimidating to walk over to a group of people that seem to know each other and introduce yourself. But while it might be scary to put yourself out there, understand that making new friends as an older adult can be life-enhancing.
Randi Mazzella is freelance writer and blogger. Her work has appeared in many publications Parent.com, Grown and Flown, The Fine Line and The Spruce. She draws inspiration from her life with her husband and three children. To read more of her work, go to randimazzella.com or follow her on twitter @randimazzella.