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It’s increasingly important to belong to some type of community. We live in a world in which the perception exists that people have become mere statistics and that government and large corporate institutions are impersonal and engaged allocating numbers to people and treating them as such.

“Ordinary” people are allocated numbers that must be quoted in all dealings with the applicable organisation. Obviously, such extensive use of numbers is essential to ensure the effective and efficient operation of large concerns, but this practice may alienate disgruntled clients.

 

Stop being a Number – Join a Community

When one is younger, one is less likely to feel like a number, because you are a member of several communities or groups – at work, at the gym, as a scholar or student’s parent, a member of a club or sports team, or a member of a hobby group. Whatever the common endeavour or interest, you’re a member of that particular community and as such, you have a role to play and you are needed and valued in that community.

Retirement is a different kettle of fish. Your responsibilities and certain activities diminish or disappear. Although you have been looking forward to having “own” time, you may not know what to do with it – and yourself – once you have it. Becoming isolated, feeling lonely, as though it is “me against the world” or “no one understands”, is one of the potential downsides of retirement. Feeling as though you no longer have a purpose and that no one needs you or values your opinions or existence may lead to depression, increasing isolation, and loneliness. The person ceases to value themselves.

Although these perceptions may be untrue in reality, your perception becomes your reality. How does one avoid such devastating feelings as though you are just a number, especially now that you have retired? You join a community and become a community member. You belong. You and your contribution to the community are valued, even if only just by your presence. The choice of communities is endless – a book club, groups engaged in crafts, card playing, quizzes, cooking, sport, chess, animal training, dancing, music… the list goes on.

 

A Retirement Community

A community consists of a group of people who occupy a shared space or place, or as community members with common interests and purpose. The happily settled residents of the Featherwood Retirement Estate community not only have retirement in common, but they share a great deal more – excellent first-class facilities, lots to do within the community, friendly peers and an active social committee.

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