Loneliness is a challenge as people age because of the life shifts of retirement, home downsizing and the declining health or deaths of spouses, siblings and close friends. Mental health professionals recommend the following ways for older adults to combat loneliness:

• Stay actively engaged with people around. Keep building trust in confidants with whom you can share anything.
• The best way is to participate in senior activities in your community.
• You can take a class or start a hobby with others to stay socially and mentally connected.