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5 Ways to Fight Loneliness: If You’re Isolated and Feeling Alone, These Tips Can Help

Oct. 2 2023, Published 5:56 p.m. ET

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Are you feeling isolated and alone? Here are five ways to fight loneliness. Because although it is a common experience, there are strategies and resources available that might help.

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1. Reach out.

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“Research shows that chronic loneliness can impact older adults’ memory, physical well-being, mental health and life expectancy,” says University of Michigan’s National Poll on Healthy Aging team.

A good first step? Call relatives, friends and neighbors to ask how they are, catch up and offer help if they need it. try a video call on Zoom or Skype, or use the video feature on your phone to see faces you miss. and it stores, making small talk helps, too!

2. Use a buddy system.

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When you're out getting the exercise you need or heading to the market, invite a pal along to talk.

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3. Stay positive.

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Psychologist Lisa Firestone suggests “voice therapy” — recognizing self-critical thoughts that discourage us from contacting others, and working to counter or ignore them.

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4. Make a friend.

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If you're older and don't have anyone to call (or want to help someone in that situation), try an organization like JASA ( or your local place of worship, community/senior center or department of aging about free call programs and ways to volunteer.

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5. Go online.

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Check out chat, message board, dating and multiplayer game sites, but when being online makes you feel more isolated than connected, you should log off.


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