“All the lonely people, where do they all come from? All the lonely people, where do they all belong?”
“Eleanor Rigby” by The Beatles (1966)
The stereotypical lonely old lady or man is what many people think of when confronted with the fact that there are lonely people all around them.
It's easy to understand why some old people may be lonely. They’re living alone. Their children may live far away, or they may not have children. These lonely men and women might have illnesses or physical disabilities that prevent them from easily leaving their homes to make or maintain friendships.
We don’t often think of children being lonely. But many are.