The Importance of Friends, Old and New

Oct 30th, 2018

As we grow older, priorities often change and friendships are frequently pushed to the background. As our lives change, our friendships can change as well – sometimes due to factors such as moving or changing lifestyles.


Unavoidable changes happen, but it is important to maintain your existing friendships and forge new ones! These relationships are crucial for a happy – even healthy – life.



Friends Vs Family

Family plays a massive role in the lives of many people. Although these relationships are different for everyone, they are very different from friendships. According to AARP, a study concluded that “valuing friendships was related to better functioning, particularly among older adults, whereas valuing familial relationships ‘exerted a static influence on health and well-being across the lifespan.’”


Although one relationship is no more important than the other, they serve different purposes. Family members often take on the role of caregivers, while friends provide happiness.


Health Benefits

Friendships can actually benefit your health, both physically and mentally. Research shows that “...just as loneliness can hurt our health, friendships can actually improve it in far-reaching (and sometimes surprising) ways.” To maintain this healthy lifestyle, friends must remain a priority. A hectic, busy lifestyle can often make it easy to push friends away, however, this is when they are most important. Pushing friends aside in favor of other activities can speed up aging.


Quality, Not Quantity

Instead of looking for quantity, says that people should, “...invest more in a choice few.” The friendships should be positive and enjoyable ones. There is nothing wrong with letting some friendships go as people grow apart, as long as the good ones remain. Remember, you can always continue to make new friends as well!


Making Friends

Making friends can seem like a daunting and intimidating task, but there’s no need to worry! Esplanade Senior Campus works hard to make this process as easy as possible. One of the best ways to meet people is through events.


At Esplanade, we believe in planning events around the six dimensions of wellness: physical, spiritual, intellectual, emotional, social, and vocational. By focusing on these six dimensions, we ensure that there are events that cater to everyone’s interests and talents. Attending a new event for the first time may seem overwhelming, it could be a life-changing experience!


Friends serve a different purpose from family and lead to added happiness. By attending the different events and activities at Esplanade, you’re bound to form some wonderful relationships. Remember, others are looking for friendships as well! Everything is ready for you. You just have to take the first step.