Does the formation of new relationships in the community affect satisfaction with living in such a community?
Ninety-six percent of the respondents reported that they had made new friends in the retirement community. For the most part, these friendships are not as close for as were relationships with friends they had prior to moving into the retirement facility, although forty percent reported that the new friendships were as close as previous friendships. Ninety-four percent still maintained some contact with their earlier friends. Residents who had made friends they considered close were more satisfied (gamma=.28) with their decision, but meeting people with common interests (gamma=.66) was more highly related to satisfaction with their decision. Does the activity level in the community affect satisfaction with living in such a community? The vast majority of residents were satisfied with their level of social activity. Ninety-eight percent of the respondents noted that their level of social activity had met or exceeded their expectations. Thirty-two percent reported that they were more soci