We are 50+ year old seniors who are orphaned and are aging alone. We do not have children, spouses, partners, or family members who are available to assist us. Our friendships have dwindled as we've aged, and the friends who have loving families are incapable of understanding what it truly feels like to be in our shoes. We fear what the future may hold, and we have so many questions about how we'll manage our personal affairs down the road without the support of loved ones.
This group is for those seeking friendships and activities with others who understand what it feels like to have to fend for ourselves, by ourselves, while facing future challenges on our own.
I am an adult/senior orphan who had been on the look out for an "adult" orphan group for several years, however, I was never able to find one. My idea for this group came about after a debilitating illness. I was isolated and depressed. My friends seem to scatter, and didn't really have a grasp of what I was going through. While home bound I spent time researching what was available locally for people like me, and came up empty handed until I found a story on a local news station website about "elder orphans" Facebook groups. I was so inspired by the Facebook groups that I decided to start this local meetup group. There are thousands of baby boomers out there who are facing their senior years alone. Cyber support has been great, but it didn't fill the desire to have real time, understanding friendships.
My vision is to provide outstanding information on various topics relating to the improvement of the quality of our lives. We can meet for lunch, dinner, lectures, classes and have guest speakers, as well as other fun outings and activities. Let's have holiday gatherings so no one will ever have to face what can be the most difficult time of the year alone. My intention is that we create a supportive group not to commiserate on how unfair life can be, but on how we can uplift, inspire and find the best ways possible to live out our golden years.
The definition of an elder orphan is: community-dwelling individuals who are socially and/or physically isolated, without an available known family member or designated surrogate or caregiver.