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Being Able To Balance Old and New Friendships

Wednesday, January 14th, 2009

Friends: Discovering the new and staying connected to the old

Friends: Discovering the new and staying connected to the old


As Baby Boomers retire and decide to move to other cities they come to the realization that they will be leaving friends and family behind. For some, that alone can be a deterrent. They fear that they will not be able to live the same happy lives filled with the loved ones they are close to. But moving does not have to be the end of those relationships and finding new friends is not as hard as it may seem. There are a number of things Boomers can do to ensure that you won’t be faced with the prospect of being lonely in your new hometown or becoming disconnected from your old friends.

Staying Connected

Moving away from the friends and family that are dear to you can cause anyone to have second thoughts. They may feel that the relationship will not be the same. The internet is one of the greatest ways to continue the friendships with those you’ve left behind. You can e-mail back and forth and send pictures and video. Technologically hip Baby Boomers can even see them on their webcams. If you are not computer savvy, then talking on the phone and writing letters are just as effective. It would also be great to take trips back to visit them and/or invite them to visit your new home. Staying in contact with friends and family can help you settle into your new life without feeling lonely and/or alone.

Making New Friends

For some making new friends can be as hard as moving away from the old ones. You may feel so strange and vulnerable, unsure of where to go and who to associate with. It does not have to be like that. Making new friends is a great way to settle in and find out more about your new town. A great way to start is by introducing yourself to your neighbors and getting to know who lives around you. They can introduce you to other people and places where you can meet other people. Use the local news paper as a resource to find different events that you may be interested in attending. You can even meet people in the supermarket. Just be open and inviting and finding friends will be a breeze.

No Worries

So if and when you do decide to move, remember there is no need to panic. The rest of your days should be filled with less stress and worry. It is not the end of the world if you do not know anyone at first. Remember to not forget those you’ve left behind and if you are willing to explore, you will find that in no time you will be right at home in your new town.

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