Misconception: The senior living experience is one-size-fits-all.
Truth: Senior living is all about community. That requires a lot of different personalities. Based on your personality, activity level and interests, you’ll find a place within the community that fits you best.
Misconception: If you’re not socializing, there’s nothing to do.
Truth: With calendars that include a wide variety of activities, there’s something for every type of personality. Introverts often enjoy being around some of the smaller groups and participating in reflective, relaxing activities.
Misconception: Your activities are pre-determined.
Truth: Your schedule is largely up to you. Many locations offer different opportunities to get out, socialize and even discover new hobbies or interests. But depending on your mobility and activity levels, what you chose to partake in is your call.
Misconception: You won’t have any “me time.”
Truth: Just like any residence, senior living communities can still provide the much-needed privacy that introverts enjoy. Even in assisted living, you’ll find that the staff are trained to be there for you when you need them, but they also know how and when to give you some time on your own.
Misconception: You won’t be able to make friends.
Truth: A third of the population are introverts, so you are always in good company at senior living communities. You may be surprised to find that many friendships are created from simply having this personality trait in common.
While the thought of transitioning to senior living might seem overwhelming at first, many older adults realize they’re actually happier with all of the opportunities that are offered.
Having an open mind is the first step. It might start a little uncomfortable, but finding your place in the community is invaluable for many seniors. That doesn’t have to mean sacrificing your personality traits. There is something for everyone — even if that means a book and a comfy reading nook to cozy up in.
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