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Old-fashioned social networks — person to person, not virtual or anonymous — are more valuable than we may have realized. Studies show that staying socially connected can boost the immune system, reduce anxiety and depression, and even increase lifespan. Conversely, for older adults prolonged isolation can be as bad for you as smoking 15 cigarettes a day.

Many of the normal processes and transitions that happen as we grow older — hearing loss, the deaths of spouses, partners and peers, impaired mobility — put us at increased risk for loneliness and isolation.

A daily walking program can improve your health, boost your social life and even increase creativity.

Marriage advice that can also strengthen your other relationships.

You’ve found the home of your dreams; now fill it with beloved new friends.

Family members and neighbors are often the first to notice the signs of isolation, but may not know how to interpret them — or what to do about them.

Studies show that loneliness and social isolation raise the risk for high blood pressure, coronary heart disease, cognitive decline and a host of other health issues. Loneliness is also incredibly tough to shake. It comes from our own perceptions and desires, so objective numbers and logic don’t always help us feel better. That makes loneliness hard to address. While there are no quick fixes, there are strategies that can help.

Many people do most of their socializing on the job. But workplace social invitations tend to stop after you retire. Retirees need to find ways to maintain or form new social connections in order to avoid becoming isolated. Here are 10 methods of preventing loneliness in retirement.

Older single women aren’t looking for love. They’re looking for a roommate. Blessed with longer life expectancy, but often with less money in the bank, female retirees are turning to each other as a way to make ends meet and find companionship.

elder abuse and neglect in long-term care

In a society that prizes independence, questioning someone’s self-sufficiency may seem like an unforgivable intrusion on personal freedom. But juxtapose an aging population with cuts to social services and a rise in elder abuse, including fraud, and a different, more complex picture emerges.