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Many people draw their friendships from professional acquaintances, parents of their kids’ friends or from continuing relationships from high school or college, so the idea of making friends after 55 can be a little daunting. Rest easy. If you’re relocating or just looking to expand your social circle, it’s very easy to make friends as an independent adult.

While you may be out of practice, forging new friendships later in life is just as easy as it was when you were younger. Although it often takes months to solidify a friendship, many people living in a 55 and over community report that they’ve expanded their social circle since moving in. Start expanding your personal Rolodex with friendship-building strategies.

Define Making Friends After 55

Friendship looks different to everyone, so knowing what type of relationship you seek. Are you looking for someone whose personal philosophies align with yours, making for low-key conversations, or are you looking for a companion who shares your interests? Either way, what are those interests and activities you most value? Use these values to drive your friend-seeking strategies.

Get a Dog

Remember those dating tips about getting a dog? It turns out it works for those seeking independent adult friendships. It’s amazing how quickly strangers can bond over a four-legged friend, and how quickly a conversation about breeds or behavior can evolve to something more substantial.


Volunteering isn’t merely a great way to strengthen your community. It’s a wonderful opportunity to cross paths with those who share your values. More than 20,000 IRS-recognized nonprofit organizations do work in Colorado, according to the Colorado Nonprofit Organization, so it’s likely you’ll find the cultural, spiritual, political or advocacy group that suits your needs. Read about some of our favorite volunteer opportunities.

Interest Groups

Regardless of whether you seek an activity buddy or a conversationalist, involvement in interest-based activities exposes you to a wide range of potential new friends. Whether it’s an art class, a fly-fishing seminar or a group bike ride, getting outside of your existing social circle opens your opportunities.

Talk, Talk, Talk

Talk to everyone you meet. Even if being outgoing isn’t in your nature, take it upon yourself to open up to strangers. Don’t be afraid to talk about your interests! When you’re willing to open up, you’ll eventually start making friends.

Residents of 55 Resort Apartments at Water Valley enjoy several opportunities to cultivate new friendships. Whether your new to Colorado or just interested in widening your social circle, building new friendships is simple.

Get in the Mix

Welcome to the community! We keep neighbors engaged with one another – and welcoming newcomers! – at social mixers and other on-site activities several times a month.

Dogs Welcome

Rover is just as welcome here as you are, and with our dog-wash station and plenty of room on the property to exercise, your best friend will love 55 Resort Apartments at Water Valley as much as you do.

Find Your Interest

Whether you’re staying fit in our spin and yoga classes or joining your neighbors on an excursion to a regional cultural attraction, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to find members of the community who share your passions.

You won’t find a more engaged and welcoming independent adult community than 55 Resort Apartments at Water Valley. Schedule your visit and see how easy it is to start making friends after 55 by calling 833-LEASE-55 (833-532-7355) or visiting our Contact Page.

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