Mother is 80 and a widow for 17 years. For the past 18 months my family and I have been taking care of her 24/7 in our home some 600 miles from her home in another state. I try to take her back to her home every few months for about a month or so to check on her house and take her to doctor appointments. Anyhow, I would like to take her to a senior citizens center so that she can engage with adults her age, but in the past she has been adamant that she is not interested, because, "All they do is ask questions and want to know your business."
I've explained, "That's how people get to know one another and become friends."
I think she needs socialization with other people besides me because, honestly, we don't really have much to say to one another when we're together, or if we do, it's about the weather, or something equally superficial.