Originally published on AARP Connect2Affect:
“I don’t talk to many people.”
“All of my friends have moved or passed away.”
“It’s too hard to get anywhere. I’d rather stay home.”
“It gets pretty lonesome around here.”
“I don’t call because I don’t want to bother you.”
It’s easy to dismiss comments like these from an older adult as harmless — Grandpa making conversation, or perhaps complaining.
In truth, statements like these can often point to a serious problem: isolation.
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