Health care firms target loneliness

But her well-meaning advice didn't work most of the time. What patients really wanted were close relationships with people they care about.

We need “new societal institutions that bring meaning and purpose” to older adults' lives, Fried recently told a committee of the National Academies of Sciences investigating loneliness and social isolation among older adults. Fried is a geriatrician and dean of the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University.

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