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Men (back) at work
- By Matthew Solan, Executive Editor, Harvard Men's Health Watch
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Sounds very similar to the concepts embodied in the West Australian Act-Belong-Commit campaign
I have a solution to decrease social isolation in our communities. This would lead to decreased depression, a sense of purpose and belonging and life enjoyment. My only challenge has been the visibility to implement the model. The solution — The Enjoy Life Community(r) project, a program of the Time to Play Foundation, which is a not for profit advocacy organization with the goal to enrich the lives of people and communities. It is the practical implementation of positive psychology and will SAVE lives. Maybe someone can contact me?
I am in complete agreement with this article I just wanted to say that joining a meet up group that caters for ones personal interests and skills is another avenue that may interest retired persons.
Charity work is another possibility
We recently formed a community group know as the Palos Verdes Peninsula Village which is a parallel venture to the original Beacon Hill Village. Generally one-third of the activities assist members that need some support relating to one’s physical maintenance two-thirds of the activity relates to social activities covering a wide range. Generally anything that 2 – 3 people want to undertake it is encouraged and supported. We like to think we can do anything as long it is consider generally within the bounds of being legal – we are men of a certain age.
The engagement is a vehicle that offsets social alienation and loneliness.
The national Village organization web page is VtVNetwork.org.
I am 81 years old and have been retired completely for two years. Loneliness is a problem but it is not nearly as problematic as the lack of opportunity for intellectual congress. Although it is not necessarily practicable to participate in face-to-face discussions, I find that the intellectual discussions about and following news and editorials in the Wall Street Journal are populated by well-educated and serious men and women, many of whom are also retired.
The fates of the retired-aged are not neary as dire as the author suggests. Modern life presents many previously unknown options for the problems of aging, especially for the intellectually active.
I assume that options exist for the less intellectually active but am not personally a participant in those activities.
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