OK, so it’s Valentine’s Day. My beloved and I shared a lovely dinner at home together, exchanged cards and small tokens, and took a moment to appreciate the fact that we have one another.
We know so many people who are alone. Some by choice, some due to divorce or death of a partner. Regardless of the reason, this isn’t a great holiday for people without partners.
Loneliness is a terrible thing. It can cause any number of health issues. As people get older, being alone seems even worse, because there’s a fear it could be a permanent state. There are many kinds of relationships, and romance is only one of them. That’s why there are a variety of organizations that help seniors find mutually beneficial companionship.
Of course, there are dating services for seniors, and there are so many kinds of senior living options now, from single family homes and condos, to assisted living facilities with social and recreational activities. There are senior travel programs, senior church groups, and volunteer options for seniors. There are organizations that match seniors with rescued pets, and with children in need of companions or mentors. There is a lot of evidence that having friends and companionship helps maintain mental acuity, improves physical and emotional health, and assists with keeping us active.
So, if you are one of the lucky folks who had companionship on Valentine’s Day (or even if you’re not), reach out and share a little friendship with someone you know who is alone. And if you have loved ones with you, make sure to let them know how much they mean to you.
Shower the people you love with love, today, and every chance you get.
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