Time seems to move at a rapid speed. Just thinking of moving to a new home is worrisome, especially if you are an introverted Senior. Transitioning into a Senior Community appears to be a very unwelcome proposition to these solitary souls. Consider, however, the advantages.
How Introverts See the World
As a rule, introverts listen more and interact less. Instead of being energized by socialization they tend to be drained by interaction. Introverts enjoy people but seldom with a large group.
When an introvert’s energy starts to wane, they may be perceived as aloof, indifferent or sometimes rude. Contrarily, their energy is drained and alone time for recharging is needed.
It is also important to realize both introverts and extroverts reside alongside each other in neighborhoods of any type. There are few people who are exclusive in their preferences. Realizing what you or your loved want in a Senior Community is helpful when making a transition into a new environment. Your personality is instrumental in making a good choice
Visiting the Proposed New Home
Introverts are not entirely opposed to surprises but the fewer the better. Visiting Living Options beforehand helps allay fears and concerns. Moving an introverted person into a new environment could cause anxiety but an opportunity beforehand to meet staff members, view the grounds, ask questions and perhaps meet some of the residents helps in making the transition more comfortable. When working with Bridge to Better Living all options for Retirement Living have been discussed beforehand and then narrowed down to the most communities best meeting the client’s physical, social, medical and financial needs.
Privacy is a Concern for Introverts
While extroverts enjoy being around other people and engaging in social opportunities, introverts are quite the opposite. Their privacy and quiet time are very important to them. When visiting a Retirement Living Option one should know if there are opportunities for privacy. A resident’s personal preference should always be important to the community.
Find the Answers
It is normal to have preconceived notions about anything new. Anyone could be filled with preconceived ideas when considering a move to a Senior Living Community, yet a new environment may become appealing once the myths are debunked. Introverts typically have their own set of questions and should not be hesitant to have them answered. A Transition Consultant working on their behalf takes most of the anxiety out of the search.
Keep an Open Mind
There are concerns: “Suppose I end up with nosy neighbors?” “What if I don’t like the place?” “What if they make me do things I don’t feel like doing?” The questions and “What ifs…” make a challenging situation much more difficult.
When an introverted personality considers a transition to a new Senior Living environment, it is wise to have an open mind. There will be new people and some predictable confusion. Each day and step need to be taken one at a time.
An open mind turns challenges into adventures. Pre-touring with a Transition Consultant who is able to minimize each anxious thought is a good first approach. A third party validates concerns and alleviates them one at a time. Using their expertise keeps introverts positive.
As a new resident introverts may be overwhelmed by a calendar of many activities. Residents always have the opportunity to pick and choose those in which they would like to participate. It is perfectly acceptable to stay in the apartment if a new activity is not appealing.
At Bridge to Better Living, you are supplied with useful information and expert guidance in making a smooth transition. BBL’s specialty is helping Seniors make successful transitions. Contact Bridge for Better Living for more information on how we serve your needs and never require a fee from the client. Introvert or Extrovert…you are important to Bridge to Better Living.