Loneliness is a problem across America that has accelerated as a result of the pandemic. It has hit the older community especially hard. As we age, we can slowly lose cherished friends and family members, that can equally contribute to feelings of being alone.
The good news is that there are solutions for combating loneliness. Let’s look at some ways to reverse these feelings of being lonely.
Make up for lost time
It is more important than ever to spend time with others. The pandemic took untold mental and emotional tolls us all. Spending time with others has always been important, but having some extra time in social settings can do wonders for healing. Try to get out there or invite people over more often than you have in the past.
Engage in a new hobby
Did you discover something new that you enjoy recently? If not, it’s never too late to start. People all over the country are getting into hobbies and activities they never did before… and they’re loving it! Here are some hobbies to try:
- Plants and flowers
- Bocce ball or croquet
- Bird watching
- Bingo and board games
- Art classes
- Educational lectures
Attend church or community events
One of the best places you can combat loneliness is at church. The large group gatherings are helpful and keep you grounded, while church small groups are where you can really build meaningful relationships and get more people in your life that can help you. Community events are another option; consider volunteering at a polling location or any other nonprofit or community organization that you’re passionate about.
Consider moving into a retirement community
Finally, if you live by yourself, moving into a community might be the best choice to combat loneliness. At The Glen, we have living options for a variety of lifestyles. You may be independent, but crave social interactions and a retirement community is perfect to provide more interactions. There are a variety of things to do, people to meet and activities to enjoy at places like The Glen.
Do not struggle experiencing loneliness, contact us today to learn how residents at The Glen are one big community.