Sometimes as Age Increases, Friendships Decrease
Unfortunately, each year, when the number of birthday candles has gone up, you may find the number of friends in your life has gone down. Usually this is not intentional. Friendships can be lost when older adults make life-changing decisions to move closer to their family, to warmer climates, or to downsize. Friendships may diminish when a friend’s health declines and he or she becomes less active or requires institutional care, or when a friend dies. Often with retirement, a person loses the close friendships and relationships that formed from working outside the home. Over time, as friendships are unintentionally lost, older adults need to take intentional steps to connect with remaining friends and make new friends.
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