Just read in the "Times" that loneliness among those over 60 is epidemic.
I go for days sometimes weeks without speaking to anyone. My circle of comrades are long gone. The ones still breathing are far away. That, and I've become a part time shut-in.
All this evolved so slowly over time that I didn't really notice...well I knew, but didn't. Ya know how that can be.
They say the fire inspectors now look for signs of elder isolation as well as fire hazards during inspections. Well we have inspections here, but it's not door to door...yet.
They just check the building's electrical, and gas systems then split.
Signs of isolation are shabbiness unwashed dishes, and the like. I guess general untidiness. A depressive lack of caring. My digs have always been neat however they are not as nice as they were.
It needs a paint job some plaster work that sort of thing. I mean it's okay, but not as nice as I used to keep it. There just didn't any longer seem to be a point.
Which btw are exactly the signs they look for.
When I was very ill over these last years I knew the only way anyone would know I'd kicked the bucket would be the smell...especially in summer.
I actually left my door a-jar when I thought my time was up so they wouldn't have to kick the door in. I later found that this is somewhat common for the isolated elderly very ill to do...and I thought I had invented it.
Look I'm fine. Just complaining is all. That, and I'm really tired of fighting the damned system just to keep the scraps of "Senior" stuff I'm supposed to have...I just want to be left alone for heavens sakes.
On the other hand it's a way to get me out of the house, and speaking with folks so...