Ideas for Reducing Loneliness

From Sharon O'Brien, Senior Living

How to meet new people when it’s difficult to get around

by Andrea Tannenbaum

For a variety of reasons, many people spend the majority of their time at home, isolated from social interaction. This includes seniors and stay-at-home parents, as well as people with debilitating injuries, diseases or disabilities and their caregivers.

Being homebound can be temporary. But for some people, staying at home all the time may be a permanent situation -- and constant isolation can result in feelings of loneliness and depression.

Loneliness is Normal, But It Doesn’t Have to Be Permanent
Humans are social animals. We like having others around to talk to, even if we don’t always behave that way. There are community programs that provide outreach to specific groups, like seniors. If you want to reduce your loneliness with more social interaction, here are some creative ways to reach each outside your home, stay in touch with others, be involved with your community and even meet new people.

Take Advantage of the Internet to Reduce Loneliness
While it was initially thought that the Internet could increase isolation, new social structures have evolved that can help you reduce your feelings of loneliness without having to leave your home.

Andrea Tannenbaum is the president of

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