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How to Combat Loneliness in Your Senior Years

As people age, they tend to become more isolated. They no longer have work or school to provide consistent opportunities for socializing, and they may be more limited when it comes to transportation and mobility. But that doesn’t mean isolation is inevitable! In fact, with a little bit of effort, you can enjoy a lively social life and make wonderful new friends later in life. Scroll down to learn how to combat loneliness in your senior years.

Tips for Alleviating Loneliness & Staying Connected

Meaningful social connections are absolutely crucial for our physical and mental well-being. A conversation isn’t just a chance to talk; it’s an opportunity to relate to your fellow humans and perhaps even build long-term relationships. Use the tips below if you find yourself feeling a bit isolated or lonely.

Simply smile!

You never know how far a smile might reach! Whether you’re talking to an old buddy, a new friend, or the cashier at a store, smile. A smile radiates friendliness and openness and may even spark a new conversation.

Not sure what to say? Pretend you’re interviewing the other person.

Sometimes it’s just hard to know what to say, even if you’re yearning for interaction. If this sounds familiar to you, try asking the other person about themselves. People love to talk about themselves, so this will inevitably fuel conversation. The other person will likely also feel flattered that you’re interested enough to ask.

Schedule regular phone calls.

Phones can truly act as lifelines, especially if you have loved ones who live far away, but it can be easy to forget to call — or even to feel like a burden when you do. Ensure that you keep in touch with loved ones by scheduling a regular time (daily, weekly, monthly — whatever you like!) for phone calls. That way, both of you will always have time to chat, and you can look forward to your conversations.

Embrace new technology.

With smartphones and tablets, social media, online games, and video chatting, staying in touch is easier than ever. These tools are easier to use than you might think, and they’re an exceptionally great way to stay in touch with younger family members. Your 12-year-old grandson might not be able to drive over for a visit every week, but maybe he’d enjoy playing Words with Friends (a Scrabble-like game) or hopping on a Zoom call.

Join a senior living community.

When people talk about senior living communities, they often focus on practical services and amenities, like delicious meals serviced in a dining room, convenient housekeeping and laundry services, on-site salons, and spacious living areas. But another exceptionally valuable benefit is all of the opportunities for socializing. Not only can you meet new friends in the common areas, but also the community calendar is filled with activities, classes, and events. Speaking of which . . .

Get involved in community activities and events.

Sometimes learning how to combat loneliness is as simple as saying yes. Whether it’s a board game, a movie night, a workout class, a birthday party, or a volunteer opportunity, take advantage of opportunities to socialize. This is delightfully easy in a senior living community, but you might also find opportunities at your library, your church, your favorite charities, and other local organizations. You could also start a new hobby and join a related club or class. Taking that first step can be hard, but remember that everyone was a newcomer once!

When possible, address any health issues holding you back.

Sometimes people become isolated in their senior years because health-related changes make it difficult for them to socialize. For example, hearing loss can make it difficult to join a conversation, and impaired mobility may stand in the way of joining a class. Talk to your doctor about any health-related changes affecting your social life.


If you’ve been wondering how to combat loneliness, take comfort in the fact that you’re not alone. Many people feel isolated for one reason or another. Make some of the simple changes we listed above to reach out to the people around you — you won’t regret it!

Are you seeking an assisted living, memory care support, or physician-directed nursing in Kansas City? Check out The Piper. Our team of experienced and compassionate professionals ensures that residents feel secure and comfortable right away. At our warm and welcoming community, which is truly a “home within a home,” we foster social interaction, engagement, and the right amount of care. Our residents always come first. To learn more about our services or to schedule a tour, please give us a call at 913-361-5136 or contact us online.