Overcoming Loneliness as a Senior can be a challenge.  If your spouse has passed away and you are alone, or maybe your children are just grown up and living away from home, we at the Armed Forces Veterans Retirement Home understand. 

There are many situations in which you can find yourself lonely as a senior citizen.

No matter what situation you’re in there are ways to overcome this loneliness and reconnect with other people. In this article will share with you five things you can do to overcome loneliness as a senior.

5 Things to help you Overcome Loneliness as a Senior

1. Volunteering

Volunteering can be a great way to overcome loneliness.  When you volunteer, you will meet many other people. There is even the possibility of finding other Seniors that are in the same situation that you are.

Volunteering can be a great way to become involved in your community and give back. It can also connect you with people you may have never encountered in your daily routine. Interacting with all generations can be helpful to broaden your Social Circle.

Being a volunteer at an organization can also provide you with a sense of purpose and direction. Helping other people can also put your own situation into perspective and allow you to see the things you are grateful for in your own life.

    2. Get a Pet

Getting a pet can also be a great way to overcome loneliness. Pets are constant companions always with you, always happy to see you, ready to cheer you up at a moments notice.

Having a pet and taking care of them can greatly increase your sense of purpose and enjoyment in your life.

    3. Make New Friends

Making new friends is a great way to overcome loneliness.

While it may not be as easy as it sounds, there are great resources available for seniors in your community.  Use every opportunity you have when you meet someone to introduce yourself and let them know who you are.

Get to know them and don’t be too shy to invite them to join you for a cup of coffee.

Some suggestions of places you can meet other seniors colon

  • Your local Senior Center
  • Churches
  • Health clubs
  • Meetup.com
  • Service organizations
  • Your Area Agency on Aging
  • Social Media

4. Find a New Hobby

When you start anything new including hobbies, you’ll naturally make friends with people who also enjoy that hobby.

Let’s say you decide to take up gardening. If you go to your local Garden Center, you’re more than likely to interact with other gardeners. Starting a conversation about your new hobby can be a great way to find other people to interact with.

    5. Meet Your Neighbors

Making an effort to meet your neighbors can be a great way to fight loneliness. Take a walk around your neighborhood, clean up trash or plant some flowers.  Meeting neighbors on your walk will probably happen naturally.

Beautifying your neighborhood will not only make you feel good but can also be a natural conversation starter for anyone that sees what you’re up to.

It is very important to know that if you feel lonely, you are not alone. Many Seniors also report feeling lonely, and social isolation even when living with family members.

Whatever ways you feel most comfortable, just start trying to combat loneliness. Get started today! There is no better time than the present moment to start connecting with the people around you.

Taking good care of your mental health can help to fight loneliness and depression.