Easing lockdown may bring an end to the isolation some people have felt during the pandemic – but loneliness could remain a challenge for others.
To help them, national charity Independent Age have produced a free advice guide called If You’re Feeling Lonely. The 40-page publication is packed with practical ideas on how we can all stay connected in our later years.
Nine helpful chapters look at such issues as – why am I lonely, ways to stay in touch, learning to be alone and helping others. Quotes are shared about real life experiences.
‘I’ve realised that when I have nothing to do, I sit and think – and then I feel lonely,’ said John, one of those who share their stories. ‘I know now I have to keep myself busy. I do believe that’s the answer for all of us.’
Another contributor to the guide said their path out of isolation started by attending a coffee morning: ‘I felt like for the first time in 20 years I’d actually laughed! I had a smile. And I thought, this is brilliant – you know, maybe my wish is coming true’.
A special section is included on loneliness and Covid. Computers are recommended as one way of connecting with others – and our own collaborative friends AbilityNet are featured.
Hazel shares her experience in this area. She bought her first computer 13 years ago after her husband died.
‘I was feeling a bit lonely and my daughter suggested I get a computer,’ said Hazel. ‘I took computer courses through my local council. I went partly for the company, but mainly because I like learning new things.
‘It’s made a great difference because instead of just sitting at home watching television every night, I’m sat talking to friends online.’
If you’re feeling lonely – or know someone else who might be – Independent Age believe their guide may help you find ways to feel more connected. You can download a free PDF or order a print copy here. (Photo: Kristina Tripkovic on Unsplash)