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Suddenly Single Seniors – Life After Loss

 

single-seniors-suddenlyMarriage is a wonderful institute and the health benefits of happily married couples are widely accepted. From companionship to built-in caregivers, married couples who age together into their senior years find much happiness and fulfillment. But singles can find that same measure of joy.

Today’s single men and women over the age of 65 lead very fulfilling lives. Many people age into retirement years as singles, while others find themselves alone due to divorce or the death of a partner. The loss of a loved one often brings a period of depression and a time of uncertainty. The remaining spouse must take over unfamiliar tasks, such as driving, banking, cooking, or yard work. They may feel self-conscious while alone in public or around couples. Even when the loss is expected, such as after a lengthy illness, the surviving spouse may carry the additional burden of guilt for feeling relieved that their caregiving services are over. However, with the help of family, friends, and sometimes counseling, most people are ready to take on new adventures.

Seniors in their 60s, 70s, and beyond can find extreme satisfaction as they learn to enjoy life as a single person. This often occurs once they begin to embrace interaction with others or to revive an old hobby. Taking on physical challenges – such as exercising or swimming – can help people feel healthy, strong, and determined to thrive. Singles who join their friends in exercise typically find that their efforts are maximized, as studies show that people who exercise together are more apt to remain committed. Lending time to a good cause or reconnecting with family and friends are examples of ways to jump back into life after a loss. Hosting a small dinner party, barbeque, or pot luck at your place can be a relaxing way of easing back into the social scene, without the anxiety of mingling with strangers.

For people who have been long-time caregivers, quiet time alone can be healing. Reading, meditating, journaling, letter writing, gardening, or crafting are activities that may serve as a therapeutic balm to your soul. Nowadays, single travel is very popular, and strong bonds are often built by singles who meet up with other solo travelers.

Successful single seniors are those who have made a conscious decision to face rather than fear the unknown. Their wealth of experience assures them that that their contribution to others is a valuable gift, and many seniors find that their shared experiences enable them to build strong bonds with others facing similar circumstances.

 

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Kandi Stratton

I lost my husband last year and I’m still in a depressed state…I also have MS and can’t stand or walk…I am living with my daughter…She cares for me…Everything reminds me of my husband..Dave…I want to be able to see something that reminds me of him and smile or laugh…But..no…the tears fall…I put on a happy face so no one knows all this…But it tires me out…I think I’m going to enjoy this AMAC a lot…

Retired

I have been a widow for over 26 years. After my husband died, I was a care giver for my mom for 15 years before she died. I keep active in my church, but due to osteoarthritis I am not as active as I would like to be. I try to keep a positive attitude, but since I was not blessed with children it is a lonely existence. You can be as active and involved as everybody tells you to be, but in reality you are still alone without your soulmate.

Dave

Looking for group activities for single men and women together 64 yrs old

peggy jean hall

I am not interested in Auto insurance. Please remove my name from Travelers.

Elena Tellez

Having a satisfying purpose in life, whether an older adult is single or in a relationship, is key to the best health and happiness. Those who are comfortable with their own company and enjoy ‘alone time’ are fortunate, but reaching out and forming a network of like-minded individuals, in clubs or shared activities, can enrich one’s life. Church/temple groups; community recreation, groups of friends/neighbors who meet regularly — all count. Idle time, when excessive, and negative thoughts can lead to a lethal downward spiral — to be avoided at all costs.