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How to combat social isolation in elderly adults

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BIRMINGHAM, AL -

As we get older, it's easier to become a little more introverted and disconnected, even in a technology-driven word. Older adults often become more socially isolated because they aren't as connected to technology as younger generations.

Geriatric nurse Pam Trull said with older adults, withdrawal may mean seldom leaving home, sometimes spending days on end inside, stopping attending church, and only stocking their cabinets with basic necessities.

She encouraged friends, neighbors and loved ones that might notice these behaviors to check on older adults, offer to take them places and ask if they need anything. She said it's not safe to assume that they're OK just because they do not complain.

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