Its December, and the holiday season is in full swing. Its the time of year for good food, and good friends and family at least for most of us. The reality, however, is that many people feel increasingly isolated and unhappy during this season of goodwill, and elders can have an especially hard time.
A person doesnt have to live alone to feel lonely. Loneliness can affect anyone who doesnt feel meaningful connections with other people.
While aging can bring wisdom and experience, there are inevitable losses that even the healthiest seniors face. Loved ones and friends fall ill and pass away. Loss of energy and decreases in mobility can result in feelings of lost independence and opportunities. Making the trip to out-of-town family functions may be less inviting. The focus on family, friends and togetherness during this time of year can actually bring downhearted feelings to the forefront for many elders.