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In Response to AARP Magazine article by communityhost
Yes, I often feel alone, often wondering how I can find new relationships to replace the older ones.
Back in 2007, my husband retired at age 60. He's always been very controlling, but his constant presence in our home has left me very frustrated and nervous as the arguments are escalating. Although I looked forward to his retirement for financial reasons, I didn't anticipate the issues that we had been avoiding for years.
A few months later, my only child moved 700 miles away to take a job. Yet, I still had contacts through the nursing home where my mother resided for years as well as a handicapped high-school friend whom I helped out.
However, in less than 2 years, my husband retired, my daughter moved away, my mother passed away and my close friend ended up in a nursing home. I am 62 and still work part-time, but this has become my only social outlet.
Suddenly, I've found myself being alone, and not in the mode of taking care of others, so I've been forced into focusing on myself. It is not in my nature to do this as I've always been dealing with the needs of others.
I often find myself in a confusing environment where I seem to longer matter to anyone. I'm still not that old, at age 62, to feel what someone who is 20 years older than me must be experiencing.