It Can Be Hard For Men Of My Generation To Talk About Their Feelings

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By Mandy Appleyard in The Telegraph.


Older people face a crisis of loneliness but even a quick chat can make a big, big difference. Here’s how JJ and Steve formed a connection through Age UK Bromley and Greenwich

JJ, 80, is a retired construction worker from Eltham in London

When my wife Madeleine died, in 1987, I suddenly felt very alone. It’s heartbreaking to lose someone you love. It was an awful time.

I kept myself busy with work for years but I didn’t know what to do with myself when I retired. I have children and I like to see them, but they wouldn’t want me round their house every day of the week. I started to feel lost.

But then 12 years ago, I joined Men in Sheds (an Age UK initiative to bring men together to learn new skills such as woodworking). It’s brilliant and it gives me something to look forward to.


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