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CHAPTER 7


-- but it is equally normal to go shopping, to watch TV, to spend time with friends. You might be tempted to refuse social invitations, but promise to say ‘yes’ at least once a week. Whether it’s a coffee with a friend, or visiting your grandchildren, one outing a week is fine until you’re ready to do more. And you could find reliable and trustworthy people who can help you when you need help -- who is good at DIY? Who likes gardening? Who knows about cars? Who can decorate? Keep their phone numbers nearby.


Finally, remember that there’s a big difference between living alone (which many older people do) and being lonely. Given time, you may even find that you enjoy your own company again, are able to rediscover old interests -- and accept that life may be different, but it can still be good.


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