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21 Sep 23 08:40
Date Joined: 22 Sep 06
| Topic/replies: 56,841 | Blogger: irishone's blog
Good to remember this when dealing with certain other forum members   (not me I couldn't GAF)  !

Those of their age group are disappearing and having people with the same sort of experiences to share are dying.

Older adults are at increased risk for loneliness and social isolation because they are more likely to face factors such as living alone, the loss of family or friends, chronic illness, locked up in a nursing home all day and hearing loss.

Loneliness is the feeling of being alone, regardless of the amount of social contact.

Coming on this forum is therapeutic to them, they may be racist , Hitler sympathisers,  they may be sexist, perverts , or even anti-woke ,  lets not deny them the opportunity to express their views no matter how idiotic the may be.

Free speech is a human right after all.... is it not ?
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Report DancingBraveTheBest September 21, 2023 10:43 AM BST
No one is denying anyone expressing their views as far as I can see which probably why not many replies on this fredHappy
Report Foinavon September 21, 2023 10:56 AM BST
Condescending BS from the Irishbigot.
Report irishone September 21, 2023 10:57 AM BST
hows things in eastbourne with your upskirting ?
Report Foinavon September 21, 2023 11:00 AM BST
Using this forum to parade your obsession is not edifying.
Report sageform September 21, 2023 11:25 AM BST
As usual, the opening topic is a generalisation. Not blaming you Irishone, we are constantly told how much people "suffer" from feeling alone and isolated and blame Covid for many ills. For me at age 76 at the start of Lockdown and 79 now it was very good for my mental health. It taught me that life can be much better when you don't have to socialise as much, don't have to buy so much stuff, drive around visiting or entertaining family and friends etc. You can just please yourself which for me (and I know I am not typical) is how I prefer to be. None of the things I enjoy most involve interacting with others except perhaps writing rubbish on here. I spend the mornings outside watching wildlife, walking and, if it is raining, reading a book and the afternoons watching sport and I don't like company for either.
Report DancingBraveTheBest September 21, 2023 11:40 AM BST
Sageform, you sound like you are enjoying life so all the best to youHappy. I personally enjoy a bit of time to myself but also some time spent with family and friends. I suppose I have the best of both worlds. It is good imo to have time to yourself alone with your thoughts. I most certainly feel refreshed after a period of isolation.Happy
Report invicta September 21, 2023 11:54 AM BST
great post sageform, sums myself up exactly,around the same age as well.
Report irishone September 21, 2023 12:14 PM BST
Meanwhile in Eastbourne.....

Foinavon10 Sep 23 17:50  Joined: 11 Oct 00 | Topic/replies: 19,156 | Blogger: Foinavon's blog
"I think Moisok ought to go too to test the upskirting potential, we need to cover all angles."
Report lfc1971 September 21, 2023 12:19 PM BST
The vast majority of people would be happier
if they had no friends or even relations who can be even worse
Too many thorny issues and difficulties . I prefer my own company
Sometimes I talk to crows , sparrows , pigeons and go for a nice walk
They seem to understand my language
Report irishone September 21, 2023 12:20 PM BST
here boy...... HEEL
Report Foinavon September 21, 2023 12:45 PM BST
I have a similar lifestyle sageform as do most people of our age. Nevertheless, for the country to function, the younger generations need to go to work, to buy stuff and to socialise. Locking down the country and impeding mobility in other ways is not a good thing for anybody.
Report sageform September 21, 2023 1:16 PM BST
I am not criticising those who need to socialise Foinavon, although Covid, Zoom and Whatsapp seem to have replaced the workplace to a large extent. I am just questioning the notion that being alone damages everyone's mental health. I enjoy some time with family as I have 2 sons and 4 grandchildren but I don't feel any different if I have not seen them for 3 months. I suppose my brain is always occupied by the news, the Stock Market, the seasons and how they affect wildlife, and then almost any live sport if it is on TV. I can't stand soap operas or talking heads of any sort so I only switch on a minute or two before a live event is due to start. It probably all dates back to being brought up on a farm.
Report sageform September 21, 2023 1:17 PM BST
Don't even start on dogs Irishone! Shoot the lot of them.
Report Foinavon September 21, 2023 2:00 PM BST
Yes that's true Sageform, I also think that soap operas are the pits, both mindnumbing and vehicles of propaganda. I love reading too but would not waste my remaining time on pulp fiction. It's good that you have family who visit occasionally. For me, it is enough to know that mine are well and prospering albeit far from here. As the lyrics of Billie Holliday's song say, God bless the child that's got his own.
Report casemoney September 21, 2023 2:36 PM BST
The vast majority of people would be happier
if they had no friends or even relations who can be even worse

Your Friend is Your pocket

We will all End up Isolated one way or another, GTF on with it , Dwell on fook all it will do you no good .
Report sageform September 21, 2023 3:07 PM BST
Not sure I agree with that casemoney. I value friendships but I don't need to communicate with them every day to call them friends. I have about 5 bird watching pals who all get out as early as possible to watch wildlife before the rest of the population (and their dogs) come along making a racket and scaring everything away. We are usually in wildlife reserves but most visitors would not know a bird from a dinosaur. Traffic free place to take the dogs and kids and let them run wild. Rant over-for today.
Report irishone September 21, 2023 3:09 PM BST
Report truehoncho September 21, 2023 9:21 PM BST
Isolation is a huge contributor to poor mental health. For the vast majority it should be avoided at all costs.
Report sageform September 22, 2023 12:54 PM BST
Depends how you define isolation. I would probably feel very depressed in a town or city even if I had a family of 10 close by.
Report lfc1971 September 22, 2023 7:27 PM BST
Listen to sageform a very clever and interesting person
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