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Alone and in Community

Living alone, avoiding loneliness and living in community.

The following links will take you to pages that explore various aspects of being older. If you would like to add your web site, workshop, group or retreat please see the Contact page.

Living Alone

Living alone happily and safely need not be lonely.

Develop Good Habits: 15 Ways to Be Happy Alone and Live a Full Life

Age UK: How to adjust to living alone

Age UK: "Living alone, living single, and living single longer (maybe even for life) are on the rise in many places all around the world."

Wiley Online Library: "Living Alone in Later Life: A Global Perspective"

Yoga Journal: "Time spent alone doesn't have to be lonely. Embrace it as a chance to connect with what's truly essential."


How might we deal with lonliness?

Sixty+Me: Six tips for dealing with lonliness after sixty.

HuffPost: BUSTED: 5 Myths About Loneliness After 50

NHS: "there are ways to overcome loneliness, even if you live alone and find it hard to get out."

Wildhorse Publications: "Solitude and Loneliness: A modern Buddhist view"

Well Doing: "Using Mindfulness to Manage Loneliness"


We humans are social creatures and need to feel part of our surroundings, be it city or hamlet.

Age UK: We look at some of the many specialist housing options for older people

Centre For Ageing Better: "What is an age-friendly community?"

Dwell: "investigating how the design of houses and neighbourhoods can facilitate the mobility and well-being of older people."

Elderly Accommodation Counsel: "Elderly Accommodation Counsel's aim is to help older people make informed choices about meeting their housing and care needs."

ukCohousing: "Cohousing communities are intentional communities, created and run by their residents."

Housing LIN: Resources relating to cohousing.

Solo Living: Cohousing can be one way of living alone but in community.

Diggers and Dreamers: The directory of alternative intentional communities.

Geese and Goslings River Dart, Totnes

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