I shot this with the iPad. It’s more a convenient image grabber than a “real” camera. But sometimes I like the speed it gives me. Shoot and post in seconds. None of my more serious cameras has wifi. Its all about my mood and how much effort I am willing to push into the equation.
This morning an article in the New York Times about the new perception of loneliness and seniors as a health problem.
I found it fascinating that they are starting to indentify physical effects of loneliness. They’re just starting to understand the brain chemistry involved. But they are also aware of the physical effects. Stress hormone is released. Blood pressure is elevated. It was more interesting was the efforts to cataract this feeling. They have set up telephone lines for people to call in to have a chat. Sometimes they don’t directly address their feelings of loneliness they just want to talk. another feature that has been developed something called men’s shed at which men gathered to talk drink tea and I suppose and work on woodworking projects. A place for oldguys to hang out. No need for advanced carpentry skills.
I was moved to submit a comment in the article and NYTIMES accepted it.
This shed sounded like a good idea. I am more interested today in rethinking the options I have available nearby. camera club, seniors centre with its activities, Georgian college course either online or in person, and continuing my blogging efforts with a possible strategy to use them to ge t me more connected.
The laughing 600lb gorilla in the room is the avalanche if change my kidney transplant will bring much of it good beyong measure. I will lose what I call my dialysis “villa ge. The patients and nurses with whom I chat. Small conversations but still nuggets of connection. Three days a week.
It is up to me fight loneliness. There are many weapons available.
PS Part of the text of this post I added by using the dictation function of the iPad tablet and its builtin microphone. It misunderstands me some of the time but does a great job generally.