If I'm introverted, is retirement living right for me? 

Sereen W Asks...

If I'm introverted, is retirement living right for me? 

Dear Sereen W:


In my experience there are as many different types of retirement communities as there are seniors. Some of them are more independent, for those who value their autonomy and privacy. Others are more communal and will have more shared activities and trips, like a group day trip to the museum. Perhaps, they have communal meals to encourage more interaction between residents for example. These I find are ideal for those worried about isolation and loneliness especially for introverts moving into a new environment.


Many introverts find a new lease in life by moving into a retirement home. When in doubt, I always say book a tour and try booking a tour around lunchtime. Many homes will serve you lunch during your tour. So not only can you tell what kind of food to expect, you can see actual residents and how they interact with each other and get a feel for the culture/atmosphere of the home.