"Social Secretary" passed away. How to avoid social isolation?

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My father became very socially isolated after my mother passed away, even though he lived in a retirement community and was surrounded by others of his age. Because my mother had always been the "social secretary", it seemed as if he lacked the skills to develop a social life in her absence.

Below, you can hear this topic described and discussed at a Longevity Collective Maker meeting. The audience wondered things like:

Was his challenge social isolation, or was it the need for someone to teach him how to become his own social secretary?

Was the problem that he was surrounded by "people", but not by either "friends" or people with some common interest with whom he could become "friends"?

After all, just because people are of similar vintage, why does that mean they have something in common or some basis for social interaction?

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from Aging in Place Technologies: Co-creating the Future of Aging Meetup, April 16, 2014


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aging, social isolation