Your'e not alone!
Volunteer with a local organisation
Volunteering provides a sense of purpose, which is why it is one of the best ways to combat feelings of isolation. Research some organisations in your area that could use your help and make use of your skills to give back to those in need. You are also likely to meet people who share the same values as you.
Connect with family and friends
Don’t be afraid to pick up the phone to friends or loved ones and tell them how you’re feeling. Take the initiative to develop a relationship with your neighbour or use technology to stay in touch with family who live a long distance away. These steps can help you feel socially connected again.
Prioritise a healthy and varied diet
Over 60% of people aged 80 and over are malnourished or at risk of becoming malnourished. This can lead to reduced energy and mental health issues which lead to feelings of social isolation. Eating an array of nutritious meals, staying hydrated and keeping fit is important in maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
Grab a friend and take up a new hobby
Whether it’s joining a book club, regular walks with a friend or learning a new instrument, hobbies encourage meaningful social interaction and contribute to an overall healthy lifestyle.
Get involved in community events
Whether it is joining a club, gaming group or taking part in weekly trivia nights, these activities are perfect opportunities to meet like-minded people. Community centres also offer fantastic programs and services to connect with others, such as art and cooking classes or fitness classes to stay active. You might even consider joining your nearest National Seniors branch.