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SENIORS: MAKING NEW FRIENDS

Oct 7th, 2011 | By | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Sometimes difficult and challenging, approaching persons to create an opening for a new friendship can be intimidating for most of us seniors. We were at an occasion recently in which we knew most of the guests. There were, however, a pair of couples that we had not met before. I took the initiative to approach the senior male of one couple and was quickly and summarily rebuffed. That doesn’t happen very often. I am, by nature, outgoing, conversational and friendly. Clearly none of of those attributes was well received.

Rather quickly I retreated. There were some lessons in that encounter. One of the mistakes I made was to place my hand on the man’s shoulder in an effort to establish a bond. That was likely a turn off for him. Some people are very clear about their personal space, and do not want it to be invaded by anyone.