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The Value of Friendship as You Age

Whether you’re 55 or 105, the importance of friendship takes on a new significance when you get older, providing support and companionship that contribute to overall well-being and quality of life. Here’s a closer look at the essential role of friendship in aging, as well as the many benefits that older adults experience when surrounded by meaningful relationships.

Friendships combat loneliness and social isolation.

Unfortunately, social isolation and loneliness are prevalent issues among older adults. As individuals enter retirement, children leave the nest, and social circles get smaller, many older adults find themselves at risk of feeling alone and disconnected. The good news is that fostering and maintaining friendships offers a powerful remedy to these negative feelings. At The Reserve, residents can enjoy a tight-knit community of people in their same season of life. Whether you’re looking for a friend to play cards with, neighbors to walk with, or just peace of mind knowing that others are nearby if you need them, our vibrant community caters to active adults seeking companionship.

Friendships provide emotional support.

Whether you’re coping with big life changes and health challenges, or you are grieving the loss of a loved one, supportive friendships provide a valuable source of emotional care, understanding, and encouragement in times of need and celebration.

Friendships improve physical health.

Studies have shown that seniors with strong social connections experience lower rates of chronic illness, better immune function, and increased longevity. Additionally, friends often encourage each other to stay active and engaged in physical activities, leading to improved overall health and vitality in the golden years. There are plenty of ways to move your body and stay physically active at The Reserve. Meet a neighbor for a workout in our fully-equipped fitness center or go for a bike ride with the grandkids on one of Geneva’s many pathed trails.

Friendships increase cognitive stimulation.

Engaging in social activities with friends stimulates the mind and promotes cognitive health. Whether it’s participating in stimulating conversations, playing games, or pursuing shared hobbies, social interaction keeps the brain active and agile. Additionally, friendships encourage seniors to stay mentally engaged and curious, fostering a lifelong love of learning and exploration. At The Reserve, residents can participate in a variety of activities and events with other residents including:

  • Reading groups
  • Educational programs
  • Health and wellness speakers
  • Craft classes
  • Volunteer opportunities
  • Trips to the Botanical Gardens and Arboretum
  • And much more

Tips for Making Friends

Making friends as an older adult can be intimidating and challenging. Fortunately, there are plenty of opportunities to expand your social circle in retirement, including:

Join an activity group

There are many clubs and groups that are specifically designed for active adults, like book clubs and game night groups. Being part of a group gives you a sense of belonging while providing a way to meet other adults with similar interests in your same season of life.


Volunteering is a great way to connect you to people young and old! Hospitals, community centers, schools, and animal shelters are always in need of volunteers. You can learn more about the various volunteer opportunities available in Geneva here.

Take a class

Learning a new skill or hobby is a great way to keep your mind sharp while also providing an opportunity to meet new people. Explore classes that interest you, such as cooking, history, or art. Join a group fitness class, like gentle yoga, designed for active older adults. You’ll learn something new while getting to know other people who share your same interests and passions.

Discover New Friendships at The Reserve

The importance of friendship cannot be overstated—no matter what your age. By nurturing these bonds and staying connected with others, active older adults can navigate the journey of aging with resilience, vitality, and a deep appreciation for the value of friendship.

To learn more about The Reserve of Geneva’s vibrant community life, schedule your in-person tour today!

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