Dad just lost his best friend of over 40 years and I think he's really sad. How can I help an 80 year old man find new friends?
I've learned over the years that it's important to have friends of all ages and to make yourself available to people of different ages. While you may have friends dying around you, there are endless possibilities for new friendships that could be forged. The church or synagogue is an obvious place to meet people as are clubs, neighborhoods, the condo complex or the assisted living. Your Dad may also be going through some grieving of his own as things are changing around him. I think the loss of a close friend makes you look at friendships differently. Friendships made later in life will obviously not be your life-long friends that you'll have 20-30 years with. But, you never know! You may meet up with an old friend you haven't seen in years and rekindle a very meaningful friendship. Do what you can to help your Dad stay in touch, active and in situations where he may meet people he will enjoy.
Published on December 16, 2011.