For those looking for a more social but independent option, co-housing could be the answer. It might be something we associate with students or young professionals, but senior co-housing is a new way of living that some people are experimenting with in the UK.
The Older Women's Co-housing community, for example, is a body of women over 50 who live in a group of homes in North London, which they either rent or own, but manage jointly. Although they have their own kitchens, they come together regularly to cook and eat meals and enjoy communal and social activities such as yoga.
This model creates communities that look out for each other and significantly reduces the feeling of loneliness and isolation that older people can feel when living alone.