Combating loneliness on a Sunday...or any day

Loneliness can be harmful to our health, including our mental health.

For older people, Sunday can feel the loneliest day of the week, research suggests. Whereas once the kitchen might have been a thriving hub of activity with a roast cooking and children running around, family may have grown up or moved away, leaving you feeling more isolated.

But it doesn’t have to be that way.

We’ve partnered with the Oddfellows friendship society to offer some advice for keeping loneliness at bay – on a Sunday or indeed any day.

Home Instead CAREgiver providing personal home care to an elderly lady client

Stay in touch with friends and family: Try to visit friends and family regularly. Although staying in touch in person is important, phone calls, social media and e-mail can keep you connected, too. If you're not yet comfortable with computers, ask a young relative, friend or neighbour to help you.

Volunteer in your community: Helping others is a fantastic way to give something back to the community and remind yourself that even later in life, you, too, have something to offer.

Visit a senior centre: Many local centres have fun and engaging activities for older people to participate in - this is a great way to make new friends, get out of the house, and do something fun!

Join a group: Your local library is a good resource that may have details of local groups available. Also, your local council can give you details of courses or groups that you may be interested in trying. 

Join a gym or fitness centre: This is a great way to stay physically fit and engage with others.

Staying socially active and maintaining your relationships are both important parts of healthy ageing. Reach out to your loved ones - neighbours, friends, family members - and stay as vibrant, active, and social as you've always been.

Live Life Well

Our CAREGivers provide the perfect companionship – contact your local office to find out more.