Why don’t you try? : Encourage your loved one to make new connections and new friends
Encourage your loved one to try these tips from the NHS on overcoming loneliness in older age.
1. Smile, even if it feels hard
2. Invite friends for tea
3. Keep in touch by phone
4. Learn to love computers
5. Get involved in local community activities
6. Fill your diary
7. Get out and about
8. Help others
9. Join the University of the Third Age
If you suspect your elderly loved ones are lonely, read the When They Get Older website’s loneliness guide.
Mind’s guide on how to cope with loneliness has advice on how to help someone you know who’s lonely.
The befriending website has information on befriending, including an online directory of UK befriending services.
Here’s a tip for you to try this week :
Think of somewhere your loved one will be able to interact and go with them there this week, such as a community group or your local pub, Try and identify if there is any reason behind why they have few friends ,
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