The loneliness of old age (again)

an elderly woman eating alone in McDonalds The loneliness of old age

My biggest fear is to be elderly and alone and possibly why I am more sensitive to those who are.

At first,  the sight of this elderly lady in a well known burger restaurant made me smile. She was tucking into a juicy burger and fries washed down with a smoothie.

However it once again reminded me of the lonely lives many elderly people have.

I am aware I write about this regularly but that is because I am reminded of it on a regular basis!

an elderly woman in mcdonalds alone I watched and waited to see if the couple who sat  beside of her would acknowledge her and at least say hello.

Not a chance.

I felt awkward for her isolation and smiled at her on several occasions but didn’t seem to catch her eye.

What do we do?

Do we force ourselves onto lonely elderly people in a bid to make them feel they do matter or just leave them alone to feel they don’t ?

Please let me know your thoughts on this matter.


Award-winning blogger and former care columnist for Devon Life magazine. I am passionate about helping elderly people and people with dementia live purposeful and independent lives.
Designer of the Dementia Assistance Card and Points Of Light award recipient, Caron hopes to help carers when resources are limited and demand is ever-increasing. I am here to support you.

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