By Pete Nelson
The Northern Light 

Overcoming senior loneliness: We are in this together


Last updated 10/12/2023 at 2:46pm

Grace McCarthy, The Northern Light

Blaine Senior Center patrons enjoy lunch in February 2023.

It is fair to say we live in an interesting time in history, where crisis has become the norm. Where information is plentiful, technology is ever consuming, and frankly, we all live with a little bit of chaos. It doesn't help that we also have to endure a pandemic that won't seem to let us go. Yet, life continues to move forward and time, unfortunately, continues to move at a rapid pace.

However, within community, there has never been a better time to unite and realize we are in this together. Life does throw its obstacles. It always has. This will never change. The challenges we face are different than we may have faced in the past but it is our commonalities that give us hope and tell us we can endure.

These commonalities, which we sometimes forget, are the foundation of what really makes life good: To live with purpose, to help those we love and those in need, to embrace kindness, to enjoy family and friends, to nurture community, and to continue to learn and grow from the trials and tribulations we endure. When we focus on what we have in common, instead of our differences, we realize we are all in this life together ... and we are not alone.

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