So it wasn't on this site but on another help-for-seniors/caregivers-of site, and this well-meaning (but *OUT-OF-TOUCH*) expert wrote an article about how to help the elderly be less lonely. In this article, the expert used a lonely elderly woman as the example. Some of the tips suggested were: GET HER TO VOLUNTEER. Uhm, okay, she most likely doesn't drive (or shouldn't be driving) anymore; will you be the one to drive her to her volunteer job? Oh, she should take a taxi or Uber, you say? Will you pay for the taxis or Uber (if those are even available in her area; lot of areas they're not)? HAVE HER MOVE OUT OF WHEREVER SHE'S LIVING INTO AN INDEPENDENT LIVING OR SENIORS COMPLEX OF SOME KIND WHERE THEY HAVE NICE LITTLE GET-TOGETHERS & ACTIVITIES. All rightie, will you be paying for her to move & her rent? Because you see, around here, even just a decent apt. complex costs about $1,000/mo. & indep. living places? They start at $1,500-$2,000/mo. So who's gonna help her pay for that? You? And the biggest hurdle of all to her moving to somewhere where she'll be less lonely? Is she married? She is? Okay, you gonna help her get divorced (and pay for a good divorce atty.)? Because the stubborn old guy she's married to is 99 if not 100 percent of why she hasn't moved to somewhere less lonely. So speaking from a lonely old woman's experience, maybe you experts can start to see why "curing" loneliness is waaaaay harder, if not impossible, for way too many elderly.