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Senior Depression and Loneliness: Dealing with the Loss of Friends

Senior depression and loneliness

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You've just attended the third funeral of a close friend within a year's time. The toll of all these losses is starting to wear on you emotionally. You'd like more support from your family, but how do you ask?

If you are losing a lot of friends and are feeling sad or hopeless, then you may need some more substantial assistance: Depression is not something to take lightly, and it can be treated effectively. Don't be embarrassed to talk to your doctor about these kinds of issues. Being sad all the time is not a "normal" part of aging. So don't necessarily think that family members are going to solve this problem. However, support and companionship from your family can definitely help.

If family members live nearby, try to set up a regular time for getting together. "Hi Son, how are you doing? Listen, I've been feeling like I just need someone to talk to a little more. Is there one evening each week when I could buy you dinner and we could just chat?" If family is far away--physically or emotionally--consider contacting the Home Instead network. The company has many compassionate CAREGivers who would be willing to provide you companionship and support.

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Last revised: December 7, 2010

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  1. January 1, 2013 at 6:59 pm | Posted by Audrey Bain

    I would like to be in contact with the Senior Care network to find a companion to visit my father in a nursing home in Medicine Hat. All his male friends have passed. He will be 87 in a few weeks, has dementia and diabetes, lives with my Mom (who also has issues but is more social) My Dad says he's bored but doesn't care to "mingle" or go out... but he is finding his life boring. Alot is his own fault, but if I could find a senior male who speaks Dutch just to look in on him on a trial basis, that would be great.


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