We as humans are social beings. Many seniors lack a social network, or core group of people to feel close to or care for. In fact, loneliness is a serious problem among elderly people. Loneliness generally occurs at specific times of the day or during specific days such as holidays, birthdays and anniversaries.
Here are a few tips and strategies to cope with loneliness that may be helpful:
1. Volunteer — Volunteering your time can help put your own situation in perspective, bringing to light the positives and the things you can be thankful for.
2. Adopt a Pet — Pets love unconditionally, they are accepting and don’t criticize. Caring for a pet can restore meaning and purpose in your life.
3. Visit your local Senior Center — Join a crafting class, social function or outing. Group settings are a great way to meet people of all ages and interests.
4. Keep Busy — Keep busily involved in everything that gets your attention, do with eagerness whatever is in front of you to do: write letters, take up a hobby or start a collection of something that is of great interest to you.
5. Avoid Escapes — Too much television (news broadcast) is a sure-fire way to become depressed and lonely. Get moving…take a walk or read a book.
Gain an optimistic perspective by thinking up, thinking out toward people and all the exciting things in life; avoid thinking too much about yourself, and the problem of loneliness will disappear. Happiness is contagious…when you reflect happiness, then all others around you catch the happy bug and are happy, too.