Q: I am often lonely, now that many of my family members have passed away. I don’t think it’s good for me. How do you suggest I meet new friends?
E: Staying connected and avoiding isolation is one of the best things you can do for yourself. One option is to help others by volunteering, through which you will to meet like-minded people and start to build a new network. You can also stay active and busy by getting involved with classes or drop-ins at a seniors’ centre or the library. Consider hiring a personal caregiver to provide you with companionship, facilitate connections, do research on what’s happening about town and even attend a few events with you. Be brave. You’ll likely find others in the same situation once you’re out and about.
The questions in this issue of Caregiver Solutions were answered by the experts at Bayshore Home Health.