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Posted: Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Introverts in Independent Living? Why the quiet types will find a perfect fit

When you think about Senior Living communities, what first comes to mind may be all the activities available. You’ll often see photos of happy friends gathered at the pool or enjoying a glass of wine or dinner together. Everyone is having a wonderful time and the message seems to be the more the merrier.

While that’s the experience of many residents, those images tell only half of the story.

If you’re an introvert, you may think you have to pass on all the benefits of community living because you prefer a quieter pace. But you would be mistaken.

Before you miss out on all the advantages of this fulfilling and maintenance-free life, schedule a visit and see for yourself. You may be surprised to discover that when they designed Independent Living - they also had you in mind. 

Who is an introvert?

Unless you are one or are married to one, you may not understand what makes an introvert tick. They’re often misjudged as not enjoying the company of others. But they actually like, need and appreciate relationships just as much as everyone else.

What is different is how they process the world. Psychologist Carl Jung used the terms introvert and extrovert as personality traits that described how people energize. Introverts turn to quiet and their own minds to recharge while extroverts seek out others.

Even though it may feel as though the world is full of outgoing people, it’s estimated that one-third to one-half of those in the U.S. are introverts. Some common characteristics include:

  • Needing quiet to concentrate
  • A tendency to be reflective
  • Needing time to make decisions
  • Are comfortable being alone
  • May have fewer friendships but are very close to those friends
  • May daydream or use their imaginations to work out problems
  • Will retreat into their own mind to rest

Why Independent Living can be the perfect fit

A full activities calendar might be an extrovert’s dream while an introvert may only want to participate in social engagements a few days a week or in smaller groups. What makes a great community is the wide variety of choices so there is something that appeals to everyone.

Also, remember that Independent Living is just that. You are free to live your life as you choose. There are no mandatory activities and you will never be pressured to participate in group events that aren’t your style.

You may gravitate toward smaller groups such as yoga, a cooking class or a book club, all opportunities you’ll find available. You’ll also appreciate the ease in meeting your neighbors and making friends in these natural settings and may be surprised at how many people share your similar interests.

Discover what the right Independent Living community has to offer

To get a better picture, schedule time for a visit and a chance to talk about what life there could be like. As you tour the community, imagine making your home there and see how it feels. Also, openly discuss with the staff any concerns or hesitation you may feel:

Tips to settle in

If you decide to move into an Independent Living community, choose one where you can be yourself. You don’t have to pretend to love large crowds or exuberant group activities. It’s OK to dip your toes in the shallow end. You could begin by dropping by a class, lecture or a smaller exercise group.

It won’t be long until you discover how easy it is to meet others – maybe at a book club or crafting class. Try a walking group, join a bridge game, or sign up for a visit to the theater or museum. Staying active is good for your physical and mental health. But be sure you have enough “you” time, with your favorite book, music or just to daydream on your patio. Choosing your own plan of how to accomplish what you want is always up to you.

You’ll also want to make sure your home fits your needs, including the size, layout and the amount of natural light. There should be no unannounced visits from maintenance or housekeeping. And no activity director will come knocking. Like your current home, you will have your own safe haven as a place to enjoy and recharge.

Ingleside’s Westminster at Lake Ridge

Our community is not a one-size-fits-all, which is why it can be the perfect fit for everyone. We’ll support you in living your best life. How that is defined is completely up to you.

Here are a few of the amazing benefits of retirement living we offer:

  • A high-quality lifestyle
  • Beautiful and stylish home: both apartments and cottages
  • First-class fitness center and heated pool
  • Chef-prepared meals
  • Theater, library and card/game room
  • Variety of cultural, social and entertainment options
  • Maintenance-free living
  • Easy access to shopping, dining and entertainment choices

You’ll find many opportunities to experience an engaging and fulfilling retirement. But you’ll also discover what you need to live your own authentic life. At Westminster, the choices are all yours to make.

Call (703)794-4631 if you have any questions or would like to schedule a personalized tour today.

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