Older People Feel Isolated, Alone, and Lonely. Me Included.

Many people in the late adulthood stage of their life (aka senior citizens, old age, 65+, etc.) suffer from feelings of loneliness and social isolation.
Read 20 Facts about Senior Isolation That Will Stun You.

Indeed, the feeling of loneliness is very common among people in late adulthood.
You might find some interesting reading in the article, Aging, Isolation and the Value of Connectedness.

If the topic of senior citizen isolation is of interest to you, please go on over to read about its causes and impacts. I refer you to:
Snedeker, Lauren LMSW, Aging & Isolation — Causes and ImpactsSocial Work Today, January/February 2017 Issue, Vol. 17 No. 1 P. 24.

Truth be told, I myself, often feel isolated, alone, and lonely. That is just a fact of life; I am not that much different than are many other people my age.

Read the following quotaton I found on the Facebook page of a person with whom I am acquainted and who is of my age cohort:

My children each year ask me the same question. After thinking about it, I decided I’d give them my real answer: What do I want for Christmas? I want you. I want you to keep coming around, I want you to bring your kids around, I want you to ask me questions, ask my advice, tell me your problems, ask for my opinion, ask for my help. I want you to come over and rant about your problems, rant about life, whatever. Tell me about your job, your worries, your kids, your fur babies. I want you to continue sharing your life with me. Come over and laugh with me, or laugh at me, I don’t care. Hearing you laugh is music to me.
I spent the better part of my life raising you the best way I knew how, and I’m not bragging, but I did a pretty darn good job. Now, give me time to sit back and admire my work, I’m pretty proud of it.
Raid my refrigerator, help yourself, I really don’t mind. In fact, I wouldn’t want it any other way.
I want you to spend your money making a better life for you and your family, I have the things I need. I want to see you happy and healthy. When you ask me what I want for Christmas, I say “nothing” because you’ve already been giving me my gift all year. I want you.

There are exceptions to a generalization that I have concerning inter-generational relationships, of course, but I still have a question:
When will our adult children and grandchildren truly understand how we older people truly need to be included in their lives?

I have always tried my best to “be there” for others.
And yet, as I previously stated, “I myself, often feel isolated, alone, and lonely.”
I find the quotation in the followimg meme to be very poignant and all too true too often.


About Roland Louis Hansen

I have been: an organization development consultant; a college-level instructor of political science, psychology, and sociology; a public administrator; a social worker; an elected official; a political operative; a community activist; a union official; a shoe salesman and manager, a factory worker; a fast food restaurant employee; and, a custodian.
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2 Responses to Older People Feel Isolated, Alone, and Lonely. Me Included.

  1. cwmartin13 says:

    It gets harder when it’s an empty house or empty room. Remember it- not looking forward to it ever happening again. A busy person can survive… me, not so much.


  2. Pingback: Eldercare. Check in on the elderly. | Roland's Ramblings

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