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Conquer Loneliness

The words alone and lonely do not have the same meaning. The first is a state of being and the second is a state of mind. Many people find their loneliest moments come when they are with others. The worst loneliness of all is being with someone but feeling that you are invisible. Loneliness is not exclusive to those who are alone, but it is likely felt more deeply by those of us who have no one to share our joys and sorrows with daily. Fortunately, there are many ways to conquer loneliness. The following are things SMART singles can do to lessen our sense of isolation and improve our quality of life.

Volunteer

Reaching out to others has significant benefits. It not only helps us conquer loneliness but helps others, as well. Listed below are many organizations that offer volunteer opportunities suitable for older adults. There are many more to be found with a simple internet search.

AARP Volunteer

AmericaLetsDoLunch.org

American Red Cross

Americorps Seniors

Big Brothers Big Sisters of America

Canine Companions for Independence

Experience Corps

Feeding America

Habitat for Humanity

Humane Society Volunteer

ICouldBe Mentor Program

IRS Tax Volunteers

Musicians on Call

National Park Volunteer

Peace Corps

RetiredBrains.com

SCORE

USO

Visit the Elderly

Volunteer at a Local Hospitals

Volunteer at a Local Libraries

Volunteer at a Museum

Volunteer.gov

VolunteerMatch.org

Join a Club

There are many community groups out there based on several different hobbies and interests. Here are a few ideas to get you out of the house and interacting with like-minded friends.

Become a Bird Watcher

Get Involved with a Walking/Bicycling Groups                                 

Gransnet is a site for grandparents to swap ideas and brag

If you have a dog, get involved in some K-9 clubs

Join A Camera Club

Join a Drama Group

Join a Gymn, Exercise Class, or Yoga Group

Join a Historical Society

Join a Retirement Association (ex. Retired Teachers Associations)

Join a Sewing Group or Start a Scrapbooking or Painting Group

Join a Women’s Travel Group

Join Meetup to find new friends with common interests

Join or Start a Book Club or a Writer’s Group

Join Some Facebook Groups

Join Your Local YMCA

Ladies Groups at Your Local Church

Look into Senior Centers Near You

Never Mind The Bus Pass for energetic seniors

Start or Join a Band

Stitch is another social networking site specifically for seniors

The Red Hat Society is for Senior Ladies

Avoid Boredom

Many people have discovered that staying busy is the secret to combating loneliness. We tend not to feel so alone if our minds and our hands are occupied. Below is a list of many hobbies and interests that are popular. You can check out this Wikipedia list for more ideas.

  • Antiquing
  • Art
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Astronomy
  • Baking/Cooking
  • Calligraphy
  • Camping/Hiking
  • Ceramics
  • Collecting (stamps, coins, art, etc.)
  • Coloring
  • Community Radio/Podcasts
  • Dancing
  • Decorating
  • Flower Arranging
  • Gaming
  • Gardening
  • Genealogy
  • Golfing
  • Model building
  • Mosaics
  • Music
  • Origami
  • Pets
  • Puzzles
  • Reading
  • Re-enactment/cosplay
  • Sewing / Embroidery/Needlepoint / Quilting 
  • Videography
  • Writing
  • YouTube Creator
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