I'm sure it is difficult...
I would join a few clubs of interest and get involved in some charity work. Also, the library is a good place to go frequently, as well as letting friends you would like to meet someome. Eventually, someone you know will introduce you...which I believe is the best way to meet a person you might "click" with.
If you can find a social gathering place (PLEASE not bingo!!! they're all on breathing machines....,) one that feels safe and fun. Search them out with a friend, I would never go alone. Even if you don't drink it could be fun to dance or listen to music.
Check the paper out for local events and make it your mission to "be there." Think outside the box or norm...where would you go if you were a man....golf course? Now, there's a thought!