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Aging can bring unique joys, but for many, it also brings the loss of physical and, for some, cognitive abilities that they feel once defined them. These losses can usually be absorbed if the elders stay connected to the greater community in some way and/or they enjoy engrossing hobbies. But many become isolated, either because they don’t feel like making the effort to stay connected or they lack the opportunity.  Those who do become socially isolated will often succumb to disease or early death. 

View this slideshow on HealthCentral to learn more about older adults and how we need to know them in order to help them.

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