From Gary Freeman of the Home Instead Senior Care® office in Red Oak, TX
Q. Since my husband of 55 years died last
year, I have been lonely. Frank always was so thoughtful and
understanding, and he was a wonderful companion. My friends tease me
that I should try online dating. Do people my age do that? All I really
want is someone to help me fill the time.
loss of a lifelong companion is, indeed, a traumatic event. That's why
it's important to try to stay active and involved. While you can't
replace that important relationship, you can help to fill your life with
There certainly is no age restriction on
dating. In fact, a Pew Research Study from the spring of 2015 revealed
that online dating is a practice the senior group is engaging in. While
the study showed younger people were more likely to use online dating
sites, those approaching their senior years are hardly strangers to the
web. Researchers found that 6 percent of those 55 to 64, and 3 percent
of those 65 and older, used online dating sites.
If you're not in
the market for romance, though, there are many other options for
companionship. Check with your local senior center or Area Agency on
Aging to learn about programs in your community that might appeal to
you. Faith organizations also have groups that help provide
companionship for seniors including those who are widowed.
Or consider contacting your local Home Instead Senior Care® office. The company hires CAREGiversSM,
many of whom are seniors who share similar interests with the older
adults for whom they provide care. CAREGivers can accompany seniors to
social events and help them participate in hobbies and other activities
they have enjoyed but may no longer want to do alone.
can provide other assistance to you as well including meal preparation,
light housekeeping, medication reminders, shopping and errands.
can be a dangerous risk. The subjective feeling of loneliness increases
risk of death by 26 percent, according to a study from Brigham Young
University researchers published in the journal Perspectives on Psychological Science. Social
isolation — or lacking social connection — and living alone were found
to be even more devastating to a person's health than feeling lonely,
respectively increasing mortality risk by 29 percent and 32 percent.
Call today to learn more about how Home Instead Senior Care could help.
learn more about your local Home Instead Senior Care office, contact
Gary Freeman at 972-576-1100 or go to HomeInstead.com/742. For more
about the Pew research, go to http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2015/04/20/5-facts-about-online-dating/.
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