The gifts of senior friendships

Friendships enrich our lives in myriad ways: They provide emotional support, create a sense of belonging, and make us happy. So, it should come as no surprise that friends can help us live not only better lives, but longer and healthier ones, too. This is especially true for seniors; as time passes, they often lose the social networks associated with work or raising a family.

Research shows that friendships are as important as family ties in predicting emotional well-being later in life. Friends not only alleviate loneliness, they also provide social support when it comes to participating in activities, bring meaning to our lives, and provide us with a sense of purpose. The give-and-take nature of friendship requires us to be there for each other.

At The Watermark at Houston Heights, we make it easy to share wellness experiences with friends—perhaps yoga or a morning workout at Vitality Fitness Center, a course at Watermark University, or even the indulgence of a day at the spa. Friends also keep us accountable, which is why we’re less likely to miss a workout when we know someone is counting on us. And it’s less daunting to try a new activity, such as our EngageVR virtual-reality experience, when you have a partner in tow.

Although it can be challenging to forge new friendships as an older adult, today’s senior living communities provide countless ways to connect with others. From joining a weekly bridge group or an interesting club to enjoying a local excursion, The Watermark at Houston Heights is full of opportunities and spaces to socialize, meet other members, and develop relationships.

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