Do you treasure your alone time, looking forward to retreating back home at the end of the day? If you had a choice, would you rather join in with a large group of people or take a quiet walk with a close friend?
Most people tend to fall somewhere on the spectrum between being an introvert or an extrovert. Neither characteristic is a good or bad personality trait – it’s simply how a person is most comfortable processing the world around them.
However, if you or a loved one has been considering a senior living community because a helping hand is needed, those who are more introverted may wonder if this would be a good fit.
There’s great news. Families are often surprised to discover that an assisted living community can be the perfect answer for introverts, extroverts and everyone in between.
What is an introvert?
A person who re-energizes more by focusing inward rather than outward is often referred to as an introvert. These individuals generally enjoy spending time with one or two people instead of surrounding themselves with many.
If you or a loved one is introverted, you’re not alone. It’s estimated that you join between one-third to one-half other Americans, according to WebMD, who may share these general behavior patterns:
- Prefer quiet in order to concentrate
- Are reflective
- Take time to make decisions
- Feel comfortable being alone
- Are self-aware
- Generally don’t like group work or tasks
- Can feel tired after interacting with a crowd
- May have few friendships but are very close with their friends
- Often uses imagination or daydreams to work out a problem
- Retreats into their own mind to rest
- Why introverts and senior living can be a great match
Senior living communities are known for their activities, social events and opportunities to engage with others. This may be the reason introverts might believe they wouldn’t fit in. However, what’s often overlooked are the other attributes that senior living communities are known for – their assistance in helping residents live their own independent and best life.
This support and the many features listed below are why introverts can be reassured that they too will feel right at home.
1. A private residence
It’s a priority for an introvert to have their own personal space to return to at the end of the day.
Assisted living communities provide their residents with a private home that can be personalized to make their own.
2. Support for an independent lifestyle
Introverts need choices and are known for their careful considerations to fit their personal preferences, not a one-size-fits-all option.
An assisted living community provides the support they need to live their best life. They’ll also appreciate receiving help with daily tasks such as bathing, dressing, grooming or managing medications – all provided in the privacy of their home.
3. Choices for staying active
While an extrovert may choose a large activity group to join – the livelier the better – an introvert is more likely to seek out activities that can be achieved alone or that involve just a few people.
A great advantage of assisted living is that the monthly calendar of activities offers enough choices that each personality preference can be accommodated.
4. Personalized wellness programs
Introverts and extroverts will likely choose different methods to meet their fitness goals and an assisted living community is designed to match the needs of both.
Whether you join in a large exercise class or achieve your health and wellness goals solo or alongside one or two good friends, you’ll discover the support you need.
5. Dining your way
Dining provides benefits that extend beyond nutrition. In assisted living, introverts will find options that please their appetites and tastes but also the settings that appeal to their comfort zone.
It is always up to the resident whether they would like to join in with others at a large gathering, dine alone or share a meal and conversation with a friend or two.
6. Opportunities to make friends
Making friends can be difficult as we grow older and the opportunities to meet new people can become fewer. Yet assisted living has made it not only easy to get to know others but in a comfortable and natural way.
Whether it’s at one of the activities, social events, classes or even crossing paths in the common areas, you or your loved one will be relieved at how easy and natural it is to meet others and begin getting to know their stories.
Assisted Living at Seaside Hallandale Beach
We’re here to answer any questions you may have about senior living and invite your family to see how our community can encourage and promote a higher quality of life.
We encourage you to visit Seaside Hallandale Beach, which is designed to provide activities and social opportunities to help our residents in reaching their wellness goals.
Supporting our residents to age well, we believe you or your parents will enjoy the services and amenities available in our pet-friendly community:
A monthly social calendar of activities
Beautiful common spaces to socialize
A spacious courtyard
An outdoor pool with a covered patio
Personalized fitness and wellness programs
Easy and safe access to the beach