My mother is visiting from Pittsburgh. Well into her 80's (don't tell!) and doing great (thankfully). A lot of her friends are not doing so great, many of the women losing their partners of so many years. My mother's advice to her friends when they are first adjusting to finding themselves alone is this: Always say yes! Yes, I would love to come to dinner. Yes, I would love to see that movie. Yes. Yes. Yes. Even if you don't like the person. Always say yes. Later, when you are ready, you can maybe say no, but at the beginning, never turn anything down.
I am not sure if she is sympathizing with the turkeys, but it sounds like the idea is to stick your neck out when you are most vulnerable.
Happy Thanksgiving all.