One of the silent killers of older persons is loneliness. When polled, many seniors confide that a fear of being alone is much stronger than any other fear they hold.
This makes sense: humans are social creatures. We crave connection and togetherness. Here are some of the best ways for seniors to beat loneliness. If you’re feeling alone, reach out.
Best Ways for Seniors to Beat Loneliness
Join a social club! Using the internet, social media sites like Facebook could connect you to various senior social groups in your area. In most areas, there are breakfast clubs, book clubs and the like you can join in order to have a structured opportunity to meet with people.
These groups are typically quite inclusive, as the goal is to meet new people and make social connections.
Time for Family
If you have extended family, such as kids or grandkids, that can visit, encourage them to do so. There’s a comfort in speaking with your family that is hard to define. Knowing that the lessons you’ve passed down are helping your family in their own lives is a special kind of satisfying.
If your family doesn’t visit often, don’t berate them for it: simply let them know you miss them and you’d love to see them.
Hobbies are a great way to connect with new people over a common interest. Maybe you like painting miniature models, or maybe you love to crochet. Some people collect stamps, while others are big baseball card aficionados. There are likely tons of people in your area who are like-minded.
See if they meet up at certain shops during the week, and try to work seeing your hobby group into your schedule. It’s nice to speak with people who have similar interests to you, regardless of their age or walk of life.