Social Isolation Should Be a Public Health Priority

February 26, 2018

(The Guardian) – The headlines are familiar to many of us: “Loneliness is as bad for your health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day”; it’s as bad for you as long-term illness. US research shows that older people who are socially isolated have poorer health trajectories and the risk of death is 31% higher than for those who are not isolated, according to the American Association of Retired Persons and Stanford University. Being socially isolated is not just unhealthy and dangerous for older Americans, it is also expensive.

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