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How to Deal with Loneliness

If you want to know how to deal with loneliness and depression, we’re here to help. After talking with 1000s of women in the community, we have developed a series of articles designed to help you find friends who share your interests. We hope you find them useful!

Exploring the Positive Side of Loneliness – Yes, there is One!
5 years ago

Exploring the Positive Side of Loneliness – Yes, there is One!

There is a lot of truth to the old saying that necessity is the mother of invention. This is true, not just for inventions, but, for reinventions too! Sometimes what we need to get in the best shape of our lives is a wakeup call from our doctor that our current habits are killing us. Likewise, feeling lonely can be a catalyst for positive change. It’s all a matter of perspective. Read More

How to Avoid Urban Isolation After 50
5 years ago

How to Avoid Urban Isolation After 50

Urban living can be exciting for older men and women but city living can also bring on feelings of isolation and loneliness. It’s true that in a city there is an infrastructure more suited to a less mobile lifestyle usually with a public transportation, parks, museums, and education and entertainment opportunities. But we all know that even in a crowd one can be lonely and so it is important to think about specific ways that an urban dweller can avoid isolation and make the most of living in a city.  Read More

4 Ways Volunteering May be Help to Deal with Loneliness
5 years ago

4 Ways Volunteering May be Help to Deal with Loneliness

One of the most important things that I learned from our survey on loneliness is that people who are dealing with loneliness are not starved for interaction – they are starved for intimacy. I don’t mean intimacy in a purely romantic or physical sense. Read More

50 Women Over 50 Offer Advice for Finding Friends and Beating Loneliness
5 years ago

50 Women Over 50 Offer Advice for Finding Friends and Beating Loneliness

Many years ago, I had a good friend who had just gone through a very difficult loss and was overwhelmed with sadness. All I could do for the first few weeks was sit with her while she cried. Over time, she revealed the depth of her guilt and sadness and I realized that it was going to take her a long time to heal. Read More

6 Ways to Fight Loneliness if You Live Alone

In a world that has become increasingly connected, you would think that it would be easy to fight loneliness. In reality, the opposite is true. Loneliness is still a big problem and it’s likely to get worse as more baby boomers reach retirement age. Read More

Overcoming Loneliness is Possible if You Understand Your Social Preferences
5 years ago

Overcoming Loneliness is Possible if You Understand Your Social Preferences

One of the challenges when it comes to overcoming loneliness is that everyone’s idea of friendship is slightly different. In addition, each of us has a different level of comfort when it comes to social interaction. Read More

Feeling Lonely? It’s Not Your Fault!
5 years ago

Feeling Lonely? It’s Not Your Fault!

Feeling lonely is difficult to talk about. At times, it feels like loneliness is not just a feeling, but, a reflection of our place in society. Maybe we feel like we should be able to “take control” or “just get out there and meet people.” That’s certainly what society would like us to believe. Or perhaps we feel like we are alone in our loneliness – that we are one of only a handful of lonely people. Read More

Do Lonely People Really “Build Walls” that Separate Them from Others?
5 years ago

Do Lonely People Really “Build Walls” that Separate Them from Others?

As a society, we love to talk about what lonely people are doing wrong. Some of the advice that people give is productive and well-intentioned, but, today, I came across a quote that I absolutely disagree with. The quote was by Joseph F. Newton, who said “People are lonely because they build walls instead of bridges.” Read More

Overcoming Loneliness and the Cycle of Self-Destructive Thinking
5 years ago

Overcoming Loneliness and the Cycle of Self-Destructive Thinking

People tend to think that overcoming loneliness is all about building connections with other people. As a result, most of the advice that you will hear when you tell someone that you are feeling lonely can be paraphrased as “what’s the problem? Just get out there and meet more people.” Read More

Dealing with Loneliness? You Have Nothing to Be Ashamed of!
5 years ago

Dealing with Loneliness? You Have Nothing to Be Ashamed of!

I want to share a secret with you. Like many women over 60, I am dealing with loneliness. Some days I just feel a little isolated from the world. Other days — well, I don’t like to talk about those days. Let’s just say that there are times when the quiet corridors of my mind are dangerous places to wander.

As I walk, I see doors to little dusty rooms, holding sharp memories. Worse are the big brass doors that hold my fondest memories. These barriers stop me from spending too much time in the past, when every day was filled with my family, friends and laughter. Read More