There’s Not Much More Dangerous Than Loneliness

Having friends is as important to a long life as being in good physical shape.  The Huffington Post reports on a 90-year-old widower with a ten-step plan to avoid loneliness:

1. Make an effort to make new friends

2. Join a hobbies club

3. Visit your local community or resource centre and find out what’s on offer

4. Learn to use a computer at your local library

5. Seek help from your local social services

6. Consider taking in a lodger or paying guest

7. Use your telephone more often to contact people; don’t wait for people to contact you

8. Contact friends and relatives you haven’t spoken to recently

9. Make friends with your neighbors

10. Do voluntary work if you are able to