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How living in a retirement development can help combat loneliness

Published: 09 January 2020

As we get older, it is important to maintain good social relationships to help with our well-being. Taking part in social activities in a retirement development can help with this and can help combat loneliness.

Many retirement developments offer a variety of social activities for residents to take part in. These activities have usually been suggested and organised together with the house manager and the residents. A weekly activity chart is usually created and posted on the retirement developments’ notice board for all to see.

The activities are completely optional, so the residents don’t have to take part if they don’t want to. From coffee mornings and film nights to organised chauffeured trips to the theatre, there is a wide variety of things on offer and there’s something for everyone.

Taking part in a weekly activity can help combat loneliness and meet other like-minded people who share the same interests. Here are our top 4 activities:

1. Coffee mornings
Coffee mornings usually take place in the communal resident’s lounge in the retirement development and are very popular. If you fancy a hot drink and a natter, then it’s only a short walk to the lounge to find some company.

2. Fish and chip suppers
Themed food nights are usually a regular occurrence at many retirement developments. This is  where residents can get together and enjoy a good meal together. Fish and chip suppers or curry nights are quite popular.

3. Board games evenings
Many retirement developments have a regular games evening. This is where there are a variety of board games, card games, bingo or even carpet bowls are available to play in the residents lounge with the other residents.

4. Film night
Some retirement developments have their own cinema room and have a regular film night. Residents usually choose the film they would like to watch that evening with the other residents.

Taking part in these types of activities can help you to meet other people, and build friendships which will help combat loneliness.

If you’re thinking of moving to a retirement development, why not find out more about what is on offer or take a look at retirement flats for sale across the country.

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