More than eight million seniors in America are alone, and AARP says prolonged isolation can result in health effects comparable to the equivalent of smoking 15 cigarettes each day.
Norma Reggev is a licensed clinical social worker with Sharp Senior Health Centers.
She says depression is a contributing factor to isolation, which is basically having little contact with anyone, and it happens for a variety of reasons in addition to those who are in poor health and can't get out in the community.
You may not realize your friend or family member could use a little help, and there are a lot of services available.
Listen to a quick minute on who is alone...you may be surprised.
Sharp Senior Services can be found HERE
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