Five ways to help battle loneliness

In a world where everyone is either talking to or through a screen, it’s hard to believe over five million Australians experience loneliness. We can contact people with the touch of a button, send messages instantly and take photos and videos of every second of our days, just by lifting our hand; yet so many people feel less connected than ever.

Regularly feeling lonely has a significant impact on mental and physical health, with some studies suggesting the impacts of loneliness is equivalent to smoking 15 cigarettes or having six alcoholic drinks per day.

Older Australians, in particular, are likely to experience loneliness and isolation.  And while feeling lonely sometimes is inevitable, it’s important to try new things to build meaningful relationships and find companionship at every stage of life.

Here are five ways to help battle loneliness in your life, no matter how old you are.

Engage in regular social engagement

“How beautiful is it to find someone who asks for nothing but your company.” – Brigitte Nicole

Friendships are so important. You don’t need to have lots of friends, just a few really great ones.

Spending time with people is one important step to combat loneliness. Maybe you have an old friend you haven’t seen in a while, or a hobby you’d like to explore with likeminded people. Why not consider:

  • Researching events within your local Council region. Local Government Councils regularly offer free events for seniors within the community. These can include yoga classes, craft classes or walking groups.
  • Reconnecting with old friends or spend some time with family. You might like to invite everyone over to your house, or ask an old friend to meet up for a coffee.
  • Joining a local club. There are so many clubs within the community, many focussing on particular hobbies like sewing, sports or community service.

Get online and chat

“If you can’t beat them, join them.” – Ancient proverb

The rise in technology means there are so many more ways to connect. Although it’s not the way many of us are used to, having a phone call with a loved one or video chatting with a grandchild can certainly brighten anyone’s day.

Things like FaceTime mean we can see loved ones instantly, so why not give it a go! Here is an easy guide on how to use Facetime (For seniors).

And if you don’t have someone to call, you can contact the free Australian Government Seniors Connected Program through their G’Day Line. Read about it here.


“Volunteering is at the very core of being a human. No one has made it through life without someone else’s help.” – Heather French Henry

Volunteering is a great way to make a difference in the community and connect with others. In fact, people who volunteer may enjoy better physical and mental health, with studies showing volunteering makes us healthier and happier.

Many charities and not-for-profits run off the power of volunteers, so whether it’s staffing the local charity shop or working with disadvantaged people in your community, there are so many volunteering opportunities to experience.

You can search for volunteering opportunities here

Find an accessible fitness class

“Nothing will work unless you do.” – Maya Angelou

You don’t need to be an Olympic athlete to participate in fitness activities. In fact, social fitness classes are a great way to meet new people and getting outdoors is another way to combat loneliness – it’s a win-win.

You could:

  • Search online for an accessible seniors fitness class near you.
  • Check out your Local Government Council’s website for free fitness programs in your area
  • Join a local ParkRun
  • Start a walking group with your neighbours

If you’d like to know more about accessible fitness, read our blog on simple exercises here [backlink to Feb’s blog].

Join a support group

“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.”  Hellen Keller

If you’re still not sure how to find companionship but want to connect with likeminded people, a support group could be something to consider. Whether it’s a hobby-based or community-based group, there are lots of free support groups you can join.

To find a support group, you can:

How we can help

If you would like some extra support or companionship, Focused Health Care can help. Our friendly team would love to get to know you and support you. Call us today and say hello.


All information is general and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Focused Health Care can consult with you regarding your individual health needs.


[1] 5 million Australians impacted by loneliness – KPMG Australia 1 February 2024

[2] About Volunteering – Volunteering Queensland ( 1 February 2024

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