KUOW—Feb 18, 2016
At the Greenwood Senior Center in Seattle, about two dozen older adults are gathered around a large table.
There’s homemade bread being passed around, and some handouts related to today’s discussion. The people in this group are mostly over age 65. Some are widowed, some are divorced, and some have never married. All live alone.
…according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, depression is a common problem among older adults, but it’s not a normal part of aging.
Carin Mack, a geriatric social worker, starts the conversation. The topic: loneliness and isolation.
The Living Alone group, as it’s called, meets twice a month. The topic today is loneliness and isolation. Julia Robinson knows about this first hand.
“Anytime you have a medical procedure the issue of living alone crops up,” Robinson says. “You’re supposed to have someone stay with you the first night and all that nonsense. What I found is the phone works well if you keep it charged.”
It’s not just the practical challenges of living solo that the group wanted to talk about. There are emotional ones, too, like how to deal with loneliness.
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