Your say: Old and lonely or old and active? 95

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These is a place where you can have your say. This is an open space for discussion about some very confronting questions in our society. How do you feel? What do you think? These are the real Q&A for the Australian over 60s today.


How can we overcome isolation and loneliness of singles over 60?  Could it be an ever growing issue as the population ages, divorce rates in over 60s increase, and the younger generations become busier and busier?  Or is it just an issue for the reclusive few that don’t make an effort?



Are our singles, as their health issues increase destined to stay in their houses more, and interact with others less?  Could this become the largest issue for the ageing population? Or just one for those less proactive?



The way you live as you age is your own choice. The internet, increased opportunities for community engagement and keeping the channels of communications open with friends and family are all possible no matter what your age.


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Rebecca Wilson

Rebecca Wilson is the founder and publisher of Starts at Sixty. The daughter of two baby boomers, she has built the online community for over 60s by listening carefully to the issues and seeking out answers, insights and information for over 60s throughout Australia. Rebecca is an experienced marketer, a trained journalist and has a degree in politics. A mother of 3, she passionately facilitates and leads our over 60s community, bringing the community opinions, needs and interests to the fore and making Starts at Sixty a fun place to be.

  1. I left my ex when I was 54 to live with my wonderful hubby now… we’ve been marred now for just over 5 years and very happy together

  2. Wow Cheryl – sounds like our lives have been very similar ! I also left my “couch potato” husband when I was 53. Met and lived with my current husband for 5 years, then we married and have been super-happy for another 5 years. We’re active and really enjoying life. As well as travelling, we are both volunteers in several parts of our community and have made heaps of friends that way. Anyone who thinks that getting old means getting lonely, hasn’t looked around their community to find something to do.

  3. How you live your old age is largely your own choice. Illness, accidents, the lives of your children can intervene in your plans, though, It also depends how you’ve lived till ‘old age’. No good expecting to have interests and friends if that hasn’t been the pattern of your life.

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