Second-Term U.S. Surgeon General Vows to Combat Senior Loneliness and Isolation

Dr. Vivek Murthy, second-term U.S. Surgeon General, is the grandson of a poor farmer in India. He remembers something his grandfather told him when he was younger, that “(w)e are responsible for each other.”In his travels … [Read more...]

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They Never Visit, and It’s Killing Me!

Q. I live an hour away from both my daughters and their families, but they never visit me. I am aware that they are busy with soccer games and other activities, but I wish they could make the time to come see me once in a … [Read more...]

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This Can Be as Damaging to Your Health as 15 Cigarettes Per Day

Erica and her husband, Russ, go to the local diner sometimes for breakfast. The past couple of times they were there, they noticed a senior man sitting alone. The man proudly wore a WWII veteran hat.One morning, Russ, who is a … [Read more...]

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When A Senior Neighbor Needs Your Help

Q. My neighbor, Sam, has lived alone in his home ever since his wife died three years ago. He used to come outside and greet us and attend neighborhood events. Now, he goes days on end without speaking to anyone. His son, who … [Read more...]

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Is Mom Okay? Things to Look Out for When You Visit for the Holidays

Q. My siblings and our families are going to spend Christmas this year with our mother at our family home in Virginia Beach. She lives alone with her dog, Rascal. Since Thanksgiving, the last couple of times I called her, she … [Read more...]

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Overcoming Loneliness and Depression

Rest in Peace Robin WilliamsQ. I was absolutely devastated to hear about Comedian Robin Williams' suicide. My family is still in shock.  I have an uncle who has suffered bouts of depression over the years, and I worry about … [Read more...]

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