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Lonely Elders at Risk for Health Problems

Posted Jun 11 2010 12:00am

Most of us know at least one elder who insists that life is fine though he sits in front of the TV for the greater part of each day and barely eats. Yet this person maintains that going out is too much trouble and having people in just doesn't make sense. For some, this becomes a real sickness called agoraphobia which is the fear of leaving one's home. I'd be remiss if I didn't mention that I am a person who, by nature, needs a great deal of alone time. I am a homebody who reads for relaxation. So, I do feel rather sympathetic toward these folks. However, I also know that I need social contacts and so do these elders.

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