At my age, the number of friends lost to old age and unrelenting illness is more than the sum of new friends made–especially with important hours spent with wife, family, business travel and work load. Here is the study and an excerpt from Laura Hensley’s fine piece on aging.
Men struggle to keep friends — and it’s hurting their mental health
According to a 2016 survey by U.K.’s Movember organization, men lack “social connectedness.” The survey found one in 10 men couldn’t recall the last time they made contact with their friends, and older men were at greater risk of social isolation.
What’s more, over half of the men surveyed reported having two or less friends they would discuss “a serious topic” with, and 19 per cent of men over 55 said they lacked a close friend — period.