Anyone have advice about coping with loneliness?

by Terry

Not sure if this is the best place to ask this question but I was wondering if there is anyone out there who has experience in coping with the strain of the empty nest syndrome.

After devoting many years to bringing up my son as a single mom, he has now flown the next and I am on my own.

I am falling into depression. I am having back surgery for the second time in a few months and am finding it difficult to get out and about as i have a herniated disc and can hardly work.

I live in the suburbs, not much to do, and I am so lonely. I don't have much to do except watch TV and I feel my life is over. I relieve my boredom by overeating am getting fat and losing my looks-

Please help

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Oct 25, 2011
Free Guide for People in London
by: Anonymous

Research carried out in London recently suggests that nearly a fifth (18 per cent) of over-75s in this city felt lonely much of the time.
58 per cent of people over 55 identified loneliness as ?the main problem facing older people?.

Loneliness can be exacerbated by rural isolation and bad weather, especially icy, slippery pavements which promotes a fear of falling.

Many factors may contribute to feelings of isolation and loneliness including significant transitions in later life like retirement and bereavement. ?Other factors may be poor mental health, rural isolation, living alone, decreased physical health and decreased mobility.

For many older people, this means loss of social and emotional support and an inability to cope. Loneliness, especially in winter, can be caused by icy roads and poorly treated pavement surfaces, resulting in older people feeling frightened to venture out through fear of falling. Combine this with high energy bills and longer, darker evenings you have the perfect circumstances for hard-up older people to feel like prisoners in their own home.

Part of the problem is that many older people live alone and families are working or living at a distance,
Medical professionals and social services should ensure that elderly people are given the right advice on loneliness and what to do about social isolation.

Local charities in London have been urging the public to get involved by calling on older friends, neighbors and relatives so they remain social and connected to the outside world.

It also encourages people to give lifts an older people with no transport or cook a little extra dinner for someone who lives alone.

A free winter guide, ?Winter Wrapped Up? offers advice to isolated elderly people in the capital on issues like heating, health and support, Copies can be requested on 028 9024 5729.

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