How can I avoid loneliness in old age?

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
If you are single, evaluate your social ties to avoid becoming alone in old age. Do they provide you with support and help? Single people need to make sure that they have adequate social support from family or friends. Many people find themselves "suddenly single" as they enter their fifties and sixties, due either to the death of a long-term partner or to an "empty-nest divorce," a divorce that happens once the kids have left home. If you are in this situation, seek out other avenues of social support. The friendships you find will help keep you younger, and maybe your friends will introduce you to your second "partner of a lifetime."
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