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Lack of friend or family visits linked to increased risk of dying

Not being visited by friends or family is associated with an increased risk of dying, according to researchers from Glasgow University, Scotland. The authors suggest that their findings could be used to help identify patients at a higher risk of dying due to social factors, and to develop more effective interventions to combat the increased risk of death associated with social isolation. Active-aging organizations might consider paying special attention to residents who don't receive friend or family visits and find ways to encourage such visits, even if it's from sharing this study.

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