Growing old without a partner by your side can terribly lonely. Derek Taylor, 90-years-old Derek Taylor, was devastated by loneliness after both his partner and sister passed away.
The elderly Manchester, England man shared a message with him, hoping for a cure for his loneliness. His message is being shared around the world.
“The older you get, the less people seem to contact you,” Derek said, “and I thought ‘what can I do to stop being lonely?’”
Derek created a list of tips on how to combat loneliness. The list includes volunteering, reaching out to old friends, and putting yourself out there to make new friends!
He decided to share his list with other elderly people, so he sent it to the Manchester City Council who published it in their Age-Friendly Manchester Program handout.
In the handout, he wrote, “Coffee mornings are an ideal chance to discuss current events, including plans for future projects for the over-50s and how homes and neighborhoods can be designed to be age-friendly.”
Derek has taken his own advice and has become much more involved in his community!
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