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Expanding a social network. Over-50s resorts ideal for making new friends

Expanding a social network

Over-50s resorts offer an active lifestyle in a secure but independent environment and they are also a great place to build new friendships.

Despite knowing the importance of maintaining social connections over the long term, many people get into their 50s, 60s, and beyond and find that due to attrition from the demands of peak working years, moves intrastate, interstate or internationally, among other reasons, their friendship circle has dramatically shrunk.

GemLife Director and CEO Adrian Puljich said he could not think of a better place to meet new people and build strong and lasting friendships than at an over-50s lifestyle resort.

“It’s such a great environment and encourages an active, engaged and social lifestyle which goes hand in hand with creating opportunities for residents to socialise, attend events and enjoy a wide range of interests such as sports, crafts, art and even travel.”

He said it was easy to meet and interact with people, and making a new best friend or two wasn’t uncommon.

“Whether you are single or married, out-going or a little shy, the fact that there is so much happening virtually at your doorstep means anyone wanting to meet people or make new friends can do so with minimal effort.”

At GemLife resorts, homeowners and their guests have exclusive use of an extensive range of superb facilities at the country clubs and outdoor recreational precincts.

Expanding a social networkSports facilities include tennis courts, covered bowling greens, ten-pin bowling, heated swimming pools and gyms while creative people can hone their talents in the art and craft studios, music rooms and the fully equipped workshops.

“Most of these are standard features at our resorts while the majority of the actual activities and events are arranged by the residents themselves. There is plenty of time to get to know each other and form new bonds and connections.”

He said living in an over-50s resort can provide you with a like-minded community, give you the freedom to enjoy life at your own pace, together with an unbeatable lifestyle.

Expanding a social network“There is no reason for anyone to feel alone because like-minded people are living all-around you and most are only too happy to welcome newcomers into their friendship circles with open arms. You just have to reach out.”

Several studies have shown that female friendships in particular are vitally important to women’s mental and physical health as they grow older and that feeling isolated or alone can lead to depression. Those with few friendships may also tend to have more chronic illnesses as they age.

However, there is no need to be on your own.

Making new friends at an over-50s lifestyle resort can be as easy as joining a group that focuses on something you enjoy such as a hobby, sport or even social outings of which there are many.

While beginning a new friendship and maintaining it involves time and effort, the journey is often well worth it. Friendships have many benefits such as providing support through difficult times, inspiring you to reach your goals, boosting your mood, improving your lifestyle and social life, providing companionship, and reducing stress and depression.

Knowing what you are looking for in a friend can also help speed up the process of welcoming new people into your life.

Tips for making new friends

  • Pursue your interests or hobbies by joining local groups or classes.
  • Be confident and don’t be afraid to talk to someone new.
  • Be a good listener.
  • Urge others to talk about themselves.
  • Talking can tell you more about a person and their interests.
  • Volunteer. This is a great way to meet new people while also putting your skills to good use and giving back to a worthwhile cause.