Senior living communities are often portrayed as vibrant and active places for outgoing seniors to spend retirement so introverts may not view senior living as the best choice for them. In reality, however, senior living communities are designed to cater to the needs and desires of many different personality types, including introverts. Before deciding, take a look at ways introverts and senior living are actually a great fit.
Privacy – One of the most misunderstood aspects of senior living is that of privacy. Although many seniors have memories of grandma’s “nursing home” where rooms were often shared and staff wandered in and out, today’s independent living could not be more different. Residents have their own private homes or apartments, and no one can enter without their express permission, whether they are family, friends, or staff. In senior living introverts can set their own boundaries and rest assured that their home is their castle, a place where they can refuel, reflect and just be themselves. For more insights into why introverts and senior living are perfect for each other, read our blog, “Is an Independent Living Community Right for You?”
A home sanctuary – Another great reason introverts and senior living work well together is that they can decorate and furnish their homes to reflect their taste and lifestyle preferences. Introverts often prefer a cozier environment where they are comfortable enjoying their quiet time in a sanctuary-like setting. And after downsizing for the move, introverts have the freedom to decorate their new homes unencumbered by decades of long-forgotten “stuff” that was just taking up space. This allows introverts to live peacefully and simply without the unnerving and unwanted distractions of clutter. Our blog “5 Tips for Smooth & Easy Downsizing in Retirement” can help make downsizing a breeze.
Choices – Introverts and senior living are also in sync because residents have the freedom to make choices about what they do, when they do it and who they do it with. No one is ever going to mandate attendance at a function or event and while staff are always willing to answer questions and make suggestions, all residents are independent and free to do as they please, whether it’s to join a group trip to a local venue, participate in an exercise class, or join a club, the decision is all theirs to make. Of course, there is always something to do so introverts can certainly find ways to be a part of the community, on their own terms, like relaxing by the pool, taking in a movie, or working in the garden, all great ways to be alone or spend time with others. Check out our blog, “The Benefits of Living in an Independent Living Community” for more ways introverts and senior living go hand-in-hand.
Flexible dining options – Today’s luxury senior living also offers a variety of dining options that make introverts and senior living perfect for each other. Residents can choose to eat chef-prepared meals in the elegant dining room — alone or with a few close friends — or they can stay home and prepare their meals in the well-appointed modern kitchen in their own apartment. For snacks and breaks, many senior living communities also have cafes for snacks and coffee as well as lounges where residents can unwind and enjoy a glass of wine or a favorite beer. For example, take a look at what’s in store at Sonrisa Senior Living!
A sense of safety and security – Introverts and senior living are also well suited because communities make safety and security top priorities. Senior living residents can live the life they prefer knowing their home and the community have built-in safety features and neighborhood-wide security. Whether they are home, visiting friends or family, or traveling the world, they have the peace of mind that comes with 24/7/365 security.
Introverts and senior living really are a perfect fit, and at Sonrisa Senior Living we work hard to offer a carefree lifestyle to every resident, no matter their lifestyle preferences. Download our free Guide to Aging Well. Contact us today to learn more about our beautiful housing options and outstanding amenities and to schedule a tour.