As we age, many of us start worrying what living alone will be like. Those of us who sought a single life and chose not to remarry after a divorce or spouse’s death might find ourselves rethinking our priorities.Should advancing age cause people like me who are single to rethink our status? In an effort to quantify the feeling of loneliness – a sense of not having meaningful contact with others, accompanied by painful distress – geriatric specialists at the University of California, San Francisco, asked 1,604 adults age 60 and older how often they felt isolated or left out, or lacked companionship.Along the road we started to see quite a few White-necked Herons.Our first stop was the White-necked Heron rookery where we saw 4 nests with young in various stages. The Purple Swamphens, Dusky Moorhens and Eurasian Coots were all feeding in the mud.
Eric Klinenberg, the author of “Going Solo,” a book about living alone, looks at the emergence of the one-person household as an increasingly preferred living choice.Their calls were ringing in our ears as we headed out from Wyong towards Jilliby.We stopped constantly to see the birds feeding along the road side.Facebook is a great place to chat, keep up with friends’ activities and even play games with them, like the popular game Word with Friends.
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Wyrrabalong National Park was our next stop and we walked part of the Lilly Pilly Loop Trail among the beautiful Cabbage Tree and Bangalow Palms.