If possible, invite them to go out with you, whether it’s to run errands (if physical strength permits), go to lunch, stroll through the mall, etc. Sometimes getting someone out of their home and distracting them with what you may consider mundane daily activities can make a huge difference. Bonus points if it is a sunny day – their serotonin levels will rise and put them in an even better mood!
Ask them to join you for a book club or other social gathering. With so many people around, they’ll find it difficult to feel lonely. Make it a happy, lively occasion. Smiles are contagious, after all!
If patterns of sadness and loneliness are worsening or not improving, they could be experiencing depression. Symptoms you may notice are severe fatigue, anxiety, lack of interest in activities previously enjoyed, alcohol abuse, mood swings, irritability, and difficulty focusing or engaging in conversation. If any of these signs are noted, encourage your loved one to speak with a doctor.