Posts Tagged ‘ senior citizen loneliness ’

Understanding Senior Loneliness

Apr 10th, 2020 | By | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Why do seniors experience loneliness? Some (perhaps most) of us consider this a ‘no brainer’. That is, it’s pretty obvious. People, seniors included, feel lonely because many of us spend so much time alone. Duh.

But let’s start peeling off the layers and see what we can discover about loneliness and it’s root cause, social isolation. We need to start from this simple explanation to accurately evaluate and understand the many facets of senior loneliness. So we begin with this fact: Senior Citizens experience social isolation and the resulting loneliness at a much higher rate than the general population. It is a serious problem that needs to be addressed. The National Council on Aging reports that “…one in six seniors living alone in the United States faces physical, cultural, and/or geographical barriers that isolate them from their peers and communities.”

Seniors: A Cure for Holiday Loneliness

Dec 17th, 2010 | By | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Shopping is almost done, presents are under the tree, garlands are hung, candles await lighting, Christmas music is serenading, the fireplace is lit, but no guests are expected. Everybody in the family lives too far away or have other commitments. Most local friends are away for the holiday. What to do?

Planning for a lonely free holiday requires planning ahead. We may be already too late. But, let’s look at some options.

*Do you remember that family who lost a child in the year past? They attend church every Sunday and sit a few rows ahead of you. How about calling them and inviting them over for a few hours during the season. You will address your loneliness and likely stem theirs’ as well.

*How about