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Friday, April 10, 2015

Chronic loneliness in older adults leads to more doctors' office visits, UGA study finds

The doctor may be the only (or among limited) social contact some seniors receive. Loneliness and social isolation may also increase mortality. Although may seniors are resistant to a change in residence, many assisted living communities are a wealth of social activity with organized events, outings, game nights and shuttles to take residents shopping, etc. Paradoxical to may seniors' perception, such environments may enhance independence rather than detract from it. They are not the sterile medical environments of yore. Consider joining groups such as Senior Circle or Silver Sneakers. Companion care services such as Visiting Angels and Comfort Keepers are growing.

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