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Loneliness, depression and sociability in old age

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As the age goes, we feel insecure and the fear of death makes us more stressed as we are confined to the four walls of your home. Prolonged bouts of social confinement and isolation can lead to symptoms associated with stress, as well as anxiety, hopelessness and, in some cases, thoughts of suicide. This is a case of serious concern as aging parents face in this country in general and more so in Mumbai. Children go overseas seeking job or for higher studies and with the result isolated from the grip of parents and grandparents. Even though there are Whatsapp, Facebook, Email and telephone to communicate but still there’s a wide gap and that makes old people weary and face an unusual situation in the worldly life.

Feeling alone cripples the mind and the seniors do not want to trouble anyone in the family if they have a place to stay. So instead of keeping touch with relatives they live in a society and lead a simple living. At times, the lady I know keep paying guest to avoid total loneliness. I feel lonely at times but I studied the art of killing loneliness in a perfect manner. Instead of killing time as a senior citizen, I find short of time as I keep busy all the time. People feel lonely for a number of reasons, including simple social awkwardness and intentional isolation. Some people may even feel lonely when they are surrounded by people because they lack meaningful connections with those people. Everyone experiences loneliness sometimes, but it is never pleasant. Dealing with loneliness can take many forms, including meeting new people, learning to appreciate your alone time, and it is time to reconnecting with your family. Keep reading to learn more about how to deal with loneliness and avoid fear of death in old age.

If you are feeling lonely, consider taking a break from social media websites like Facebook and Twitter—they do not help your social relationships. Not only can people sometimes be cruel on these sites, seeing others updating their status with fun activities can make you feel even worse. Instead, try doing something outside. Maybe take a long walk, play with your dog, or hang out with a sibling. Keep busy with your grandson and teach him copybook cricket from what you know from your playing days. Keep yourself busy from the chores of daily routine and try to help others and don’t be abusive anyway. If you regularly fight then you will lose valuable relationship and thereby the chances of being left alone. Maintain a cordial relationship to make things move in your own way without getting offended most of the time. It is time that the siblings should not leave their grandparents or parents alone in an atmosphere totally alienated in a city like Mumbai. Better council should prevail and it is our duty to take care of the elderly people and take care and support them to lead a peaceful life. After all, we are going to attain old age and face such ticklish problems in our days also.  We must ensure smooth sailing to seniors and not to be let alone. There lies the real satisfaction of life.

(The views expressed by the author in the article are his/her own.)

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