WELLNESS SPOTLIGHT: Loneliness among seniors is a problem with solutions

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As technology continues to advance, people have new ways to communicate. If a loved one lives across the country, communication is still possible using the computer or phone. Despite this, as a society, we are lonelier than ever. Seniors are especially prone to this loneliness.

The reasons for this loneliness include losing a loved one, being far away from family and having a small social circle. With the lack of people to talk to and share emotions with, seniors may bottle up feelings, which increases the risk of death. However, as a senior, there are things to do to combat this loneliness.

Making friends and developing an active social circle can help you keep busy and give you people to talk to. Some of these friends could become people you can turn to for emotional support. If you live at a senior living home or assisted living facility, you could get involved in the activities there. If not, your local senior center, church and health clubs are also great places to meet people. Don’t forget about old friends and neighbors who could also be people to reconnect and build strong friendships with.

Volunteering is another great way to get involved. Spending your time helping others could put your life and problems into perspective. It can help you realize all that you have to be thankful for in your life.

As a senior, you may have drifted away from your hobbies, which are great ways to keep motivated.

A final way to help prevent loneliness is by adopting a pet. Pets give unconditional love and are comforting creatures. Being around a pet can be calming, and caring for that pet can give you a routine.

Alleviating your loneliness can help you live a longer and happier life. It can even make the process of dying easier. So, as a senior, do something to combat your loneliness.

Marie E. Littrell is the Administrator of Park View Meadows, assisted living by Americare, in Murfreesboro. She can be reached at 615.907.5800 or murf@americareusa.net.

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