Humans are social beings who naturally seek the companionship of others to better their well-being. It can be hard to make connections with other people at any age, but it’s especially hard for seniors due to the changes in our lifestyles as they age. Children moving out, friends moving away, and retirement cause people to interact with less people on a daily basis. This decrease in social interaction can lead to loneliness. Just know this, you are not alone in your loneliness. There are plenty of seniors just like you who experience this feeling, but many are combatting the loneliness trend with a few of the following strategies and tips.
Unfortunately, the awkwardness of meeting new people doesn’t get much easier as you age, however, making the effort to meet new people can be just what you need to combat loneliness. Your local senior center is a great resource for joining social gatherings that allow you to meet new people while also trying something new, and maybe even learning a new skill! Churches, social clubs, educational classes, and special interest groups are all great ways to get out of your house and meet new people.
Volunteerism is great for anyone at any age. It allows you to put your skills and talents to good use and better the lives of other people. Also, it can put your life into perspective and make you grateful for the things that you have and that others do not. Check in with your local senior center to see what volunteer opportunities they suggest for their senior community.
Find a New Hobby
Learning a new hobby is great to keep your mind sharp and focused. Who says you can’t teach an old dog new tricks? Seniors are taking up new hobbies and developing new skills more easily than younger people due to the availability of time. Some hobbies that you can consider include:
- Playing an instrument
Adopt a Pet
Humane societies are filled with pets that are lonely and waiting for their new home. Cats and dogs are social animals just like us who want love and companionship. Opening your heart and home to an animal can give you a new meaning and purpose in life.
These are just a few ways to combat loneliness and seniors are finding new ways of doing this every day. Don’t hesitate to reach out to your local senior center for more ideas and suggestions on how to spend your time as a senior.
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Source: Psych Central