A good article on the problem of loneliness in retirement. The author Cathy Severson describes the problem and then offers several suggestions: volunteer, make friends with younger people, take a class, and move your home to one in a community.
Of course, I’m going to point out that by sharing housing one can avoid moving AND reap the benefit of having a person at home. How the housemate interacts with the retiree depends entirely on what they set up as the arrangement.
The arrangement can be simply two people sharing a roof with independent lives. However, there is someone to say hello and good morning. A casual conversation may develop. Or a retiree might specify a desire to share meals as part of the arrangement.
Inviting a younger family member or friend to share a home has worked for a number of people. Also possible is a good friend or someone you know from the community.
There are some programs that do the work of housemate matches – they are listed in the links to the right. In most areas, householders will have to do their own work in finding a suitable housemate. When my book is available, it offers a step-by-step guide about how to find a good housemate. There are parts of it on this site. The key is to interview carefully!