Friday, May 20, 2011

Retirement: Living a Social to 10 tips + Color

I receive emails from people that share my interest in writing about retirement.  The other day I had a note from Mary Edwards regarding an article she had posted about getting to know your neighbors in a retirement community. This is what she had to say:

We posted an article, "10 Tips for Building Relationships in Your Retirement Community(, and I thought that you or your readers might find it interesting.
I don't believe I had ever given a thought to ways that you might build relationship in a new setting.  I am the kind that walks out onto the street and just visits with who ever is handy.  But, if I were wanting to build some solid connections with those people that lived close by I think it would take a lot more than that.  I would need a list of 10 ways to connect with other people.  If I were single and wanted to get to know someone to dance with or go see a movie, it might be up to me to let others know I was open to that kind of thing.  Mary's website is for those people that are interested in dating.  

I had a couple of favorites within her list.  The suggestion that we share our grandchildren by taking them out for a walk surely is a conversation starter.  I also like the idea of giving holiday cards and delivering them by hand...a little gift of candy or cookies is always a good accompaniment.  I would suggest that you wear an engraved name pin of some kind. I see that Amazon has a couple of different types.
From Advanced Style...adding color to your life.

Ari Cohen over at Advanced Style talked about a make-over one of his friends had received as a gift.  The lady had been avoiding color in her life and was suffering from the blahs!  I was thinking this morning how color is such a social thing.  A bright color or even a gorgeous scarf invites conversation and comments.  We might even think about how we dress when we are wanting to get to know our neighbors. Color is always a good thing!

I hope you are having a wonderful day.



  1. Hi b, Thanks for the great advice. I think this is helpful information for moving into any new neighborhood. I have met some great friends while walking my dog in the neighborhood. The important thing is to get out and about and don't be shy. But it sounds as if you don't have a problem with that approach. :-)

  2. Thank you for stopping by Carolyn. We have a wonderful gourmet grocery store with a deli that is always busy. I have always thought that it would be a wonderful place to meet people. We even have a local group of women that meet their every Thursday for coffee. Living social is a choice in this neighborhood. I wish everyone could be so lucky.



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