Apr 24, 2024 | Aging Life Care, Elder Care

By Morgyn Thomas, Intern, The Option Group

Modern technology has made it easier for people to stay in touch, and the development of phones and social media has helped many individuals who struggle with loneliness. However, the aging population cannot always cope with loneliness using technology.

Advances in medicine and better self-care contribute to people living longer. This is good news, but it also means that many folks end up spending the latter part of their lives alone. This matters because quality of life is as important as quantity.

Most people crave physical and mental attention by having friends and family visit and spending quality time with them. Loneliness creeps into one’s life as people fade away. Some solo agers have seen their children grow up and move on. Some end up aging alone because of the loss of their life partner. Solo agers could end up lonely and isolated, which could result in depression and other illnesses. This isn’t how many expected to spend their “golden years.” 

One way of minimizing loneliness is by having someone visit one-on-one and taking the time to listen. A good listener is there to share worries, thoughts, laughs, and past experiences. In solo aging, there is the possibility that the environment becomes lonely, considering they are used to seeing people in their space more often, feeling needed by others, and having independence. Therefore, it is essential for loved ones always to create time to visit older people in their homes. This makes them feel happy, seeing that they have people who still remember them and count on them. It is also essential to create and suggest a hobby that will keep an elderly individual occupied. Some activities that older people can engage in include knitting, puzzles, artwork, or walking. Community sites, such as senior centers and churches, offer may offer all the above. Consider volunteering to fill the hours.

Some folks have moved into assisted living or independent living communities. These settings provide a myriad of activities to keep people active and involved. They also have staff trained to care for and assist with a person’s daily needs. Therefore, aside from helping reduce loneliness, communities for older people ensure that they are safe and well taken care of.

A pet can also keep folks busy! Having a pet is a lot like having a baby—without the associated needs! Pets are loving and provide comfort. Owning a pet provides a sense of purpose. Imagine the busy duties of caring for, feeding, and even taking the pet outside. Staying busy and having a sense of purpose can bring light into a lonely world.

Older folks, especially solo agers, appreciate attention. It takes time and effort to find activities that keep loneliness at bay. Consider the points mentioned earlier and try to make a difference in your life or that of another.

If you or someone you care about needs additional support to help cope, The Option Group is here to help. Don’t hesitate to contact our professional care management team for assistance.

About The Option Group: Founded in 2010, The Option Group’s compassionate team of experienced Certified Life Care Managers and Educational Advocates provides services for families, their loved ones, medical professionals, and professional family advisors in Maryland, Northern Virginia, Southern Pennsylvania, and Delaware. The firm understands the challenges of caring for individuals who need assistance throughout their lifespan due to aging, dementia, disability, or serious illness. Our skilled providers possess over 100 years of combined experience navigating the healthcare maze and accessing hundreds of resources. The Option Group helps families spend quality time with their loved ones, providing clear choices that lead to better care. For more information, visit www.theoptiongroup.net or call 410-667-0266 (MD) or 717-287-9900 / 610-885-8899/ 215-896-6756 (PA) / or 302-858-6449 (DE). For Minor & Young Adult Life Care Management or Educational Services, call Mary Jo Siebert at 410-967-0122 or 443-318-4244.