We can maintain our independent lifestyles as we age and build strong social connections at the same time.
REPLY Hi Marty…I don’t know if you got my response, but I have been a widow for a long time now and did not have a marriage made in Heaven.
We all fear the awkward silence when we're expected to make small talk with a stranger.
Perhaps it's at a business dinner, and you're sitting next to a new colleague.
But what about the 11 million seniors who are leading single lives?
According to researchers, many older singles are not doing so well. We worry about maintaining social connections if we lose mobility.
If you're on the introverted side, however, these situations can make you cringe.As we age, many of us start worrying what living alone will be like. Those of us who sought a single life and chose not to remarry after a divorce or spouse’s death might find ourselves rethinking our priorities.Should advancing age cause people like me who are single to rethink our status? In an effort to quantify the feeling of loneliness – a sense of not having meaningful contact with others, accompanied by painful distress – geriatric specialists at the University of California, San Francisco, asked 1,604 adults age 60 and older how often they felt isolated or left out, or lacked companionship.Sixty-two percent of those who reported being lonely were married.(Click here to read more about the study.) We long for meaningful relationships and social connections.“People who live alone do get lonely,” Klinenberg says, “but so do people in marriages.” Younger people have made living alone a choice; in the under-65 demographic, 15 million live alone and many are actively choosing single lives, at the same time proving that the old equation between living alone and being unhappy no longer holds true.