Baby Boomers and loneliness.
It is fair to say that baby boomers probably don’t have a monopoly on loneliness, a condition that can affect individuals at any age. But they may well be affected more than most simply because the longer they live the more chance there is that they will outlive their partner, spouse, friends, parents etc. So as this situation continues they may well feel not only lonely but also unloved.
“I think the biggest disease the world suffers from in this day and age is the disease of people feeling unloved.
I know that I can give love for a minute, for half an hour, for a day, for a month, but I can give. I am very happy to do that, I want to do that.”
We owe it to individuals and to humanity, in general, to look for loneliness, and combat it whenever we see it. Western society, in particular, does not always care enough for its older members, even when they are family. It is not a crime to be old!
It is our duty to seek to bring comfort and company to those who suffer from loneliness. And loneliness takes many guises—you do not have to be on your own to be lonely. It is possible to have people around you, e.g. In a Care Home and still be lonely.
If people around you do not talk to you or involve you in things you can still be as lonely as if you were on your own. Fortunately, many countries have organisations that seek to identify and help those suffering from loneliness.
But as individuals, we should not leave such organisations to cope with the problem on their own. We should all be alert for signs that people we know—including friends, family and neighbours—are lonely. When we find such a situation we are duty bound to do something about it. This can be notifying an appropriate body, or it can simply be a matter of befriending the person and spending some time with them.
Additionally, where we can see evidence of loneliness we should endeavour to put the lonely person in touch with a suitable organisation. And we should encourage them to join like-minded people at events such as lunch clubs, and community centre activities that will bring them in touch with a range of other people.
It is also important that a lonely person realises they are not the only person in their situation. It may even be possible to put such a person in touch with someone else in the same position, and they can help each other. At the very least this may lead to a friendship, but I’m sure that relationships and even romances have started from such small beginnings.
Do you know of a lonely person in your area, maybe a neighbour, maybe someone you see only occasionally? No matter how busy you are why not find 5 minutes for them, perhaps you can change their life. Maybe you can even save it, as loneliness can kill.
DO SOMETHING TODAY!