Marriage is considered the norm in our society, so those who have never been married, widowed, or divorced could be misunderstood. Although, loneliness isn’t only tied to relationship status. It’s incorrect to believe that marriage or cohabitation is the only solution.
Other Options than Marriage
Marriage isn’t the only way for happiness, ask someone that’s been in an unhappy and non-communicative relationship. A one-person household is becoming an increasingly preferred living choice. People who love alone do get lonely. But so can people in marriages.
Is the Younger Generation the leading example?
Younger people are making a choice to live alone and actively choosing single lives. The old equation of living alone and being unhappy no longer holds true.
Although, the 11 million seniors leading single lives aren’t doing so well. It can be worrisome to start thinking of what it will be like living alone. Questions can arise of “who will take care of you if you become ill?” or “what if you feel isolated and lonely?”
Those of us who sought a single life and chose not to remarry after a divorce or spouse’s death might find ourselves rethinking our priorities.
Studies of Loneliness
In an effort to quantify the feeling of loneliness, geriatric specialists asked 1,604 adults age 60 and older how often they felt isolated or left out, or lacked companionship. Sixty-two percent of those who reported being lonely were married.
Maybe what we need as we plan for old age is to expand our social connections and interactions and not look for a husband.
Strong Social Connections
Humans want meaningful social interactions. That may be why growing numbers of older people turn to online dating sites, offering a way to connect with others and make new friends, even if they don’t find a partner.
There’s also other ways in which our social circles can communicate and develop. Facebook is a wonderful place to chat and maintain friendships. Some websites give chat rooms and forums that promote people to communicate with others.
We need social interactions and individuals who care about us in our life, but living alone does not always lead to solitude, just as living with others does not ensure happiness. Our autonomous lifestyles can be maintained as we age and at the same time create powerful social ties.
How to Make New Friends?
Find out all the possible ways to make new friends as a senior:
- Volunteer. There are many opportunities for seniors to volunteer, whether you are fit and active or not.
- Faith-based Activities.
- Continuing Education Classes.
- Take a Senior Fitness Class.
- Take a Senior Trip.
- Join a Senior Dating Site.
- Look at Senior Meetup Groups.
The Victorian Assisted Living and Retirement Community
The Victorian is an assisted living and retirement community that makes living independently, while at the same time feeling safe and secure, a reality. We strive to provide the best quality of life for all residents including those suffering from loneliness and depression.
We offer a comprehensive activity program that includes both physical and social activities to encourage emotional well-being. Our staff is trained to assist those with depression. If you or a loved one are considering assisted living, contact The Victorian today to learn more about our services or tour our community.