Tinder has nothing on today’s seniors, who are finding romance at the numerous group activities offered by today’s retirement communities. Although most wouldn’t be caught dead using a dating app or website, senior living communities provide opportunities galore to get to know potential dating or marriage partners.
Are You Looking for Romance?
If you live in a retirement community and you’re looking for love or companionship, here are some strategies to find it:
#1 Get out there.
Sitting at home on your couch watching TV is not going to do you any good. And there’s no need to do so, because senior living communities offer numerous programs for residents, including:
- Card games
- Wii competitions
- Excursions to local attractions
- On-campus entertainment
- Educational classes
- Social hours
If you don’t look receptive, people will be hesitant to interact with you. Smile. Laugh. And if you don’t feel like doing either, fake it until you make it.
If you have a special skill or talent, volunteer to teach it to other residents. If your retirement community offers a volunteer program working with schoolchildren or people who need help, try it. If you like gardening, offer to work in the community garden. Volunteering helps you meet more people.
If your community has fitness classes, participate. Walk the paths and sidewalks near your residence. Not only will this help you meet more people, it’ll help keep you healthy and give you something to talk about.
#5 Get a pet.
People love pets. Even if you have a pet that stays indoors, such as a cat, you can still mention it when you’re among others.
#6 Eat in the dining room.
Meals are provided at most senior living communities, and they provide the perfect opportunity to meet someone new. People are more relaxed when they’re eating, so they’re predisposed to view you in a positive light. And if you have problems speaking to people of the opposite sex, you can always talk about the food.
#7 Cheer on your team.
Being a fan provides instant camaraderie. Wear the Pats’ team colors or watch the game on the community’s big screen. Someone is going to comment positively (unless they’re a Falcons fan, in which case you don’t want to know them anyway).
#8 Ask for help.
Everyone loves to be helpful, and asking someone for help inspires instant trust, which can develop into romantic affection. For example, ask someone if they can help you open your post office box or for directions or for help with your new tablet.
Ready to meet someone special at Sugar Hill Retirement Community? Schedule a tour online or by calling (603) 569-8485.