The loneliness of seniors is frequently discussed at our time. It seems to be a complex problem.
I believe that most seniors would like to live in their own home until the end of their life. The home of even a big family gradually becomes empty, as the children leave to live their own lives. They begin to study or find a job, often far away from home. This is the natural course of life.
Over the time, adult children grow apart from their childhood home. When they marry, they start a family and become committed to their spouse. And before you even realize – there are only Grandma and Grandpa left. And finally, only one of them is standing alone on the empty yard or watching through the window the wind blow away the leaves from the trees.
What could we do? We need hobbies. It would be good to find some hobbies while we are still younger. There are many to choose from. By participating in organizations and associations we can even benefit other people. Such participation also helps to maintain our mental faculties and functional capacity.
We also need good friends. I have found it very rewarding to attend the biweekly seniors’ meetings at our rauhanyhdistys. I believe you can make it there even if you do not feel in top form. Those with intact physical capacity can also attend some of the numerous clubs and courses available at adult education institutes and centers. One might only need a friendly nudge and invitation.
I grew up in a home with three generations. Life on a farm was full of interesting things. Children were allowed to participate in all work, and most of the work was done in a beautiful natural environment.
There were singing birds and the ditches and roadsides that were full of flowers. We went fishing with Grandpa, and Grandma cleaned the fish that we caught. Oh well, what was I supposed to write about? The loneliness of seniors. But we knew nothing about it then.
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