The pressures, hustle and bustle of modern life can lead to a highly atomised existence for many people. Many are left high and dry, just trying to get by on their own while feeling out of sorts, left out and left behind.
This is a particular wrench if you’ve been used to leading an active and socially enriching life. And then, all of a sudden, those avenues of enjoyment with others seem to have been blocked off for good.
Situations such as this can be especially acute, sadly, among older people, with much written and debated about on the subject of the perils of loneliness at this stage of the 21st century.