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Fighting the senior loneliness epidemic

DUTCHESS COUNTY— There are no hard-and-fast numbers on the number of Dutchess County seniors affected by loneliness. Loneliness is hard to measure because the experience of being lonely is a subjective emotional state. 

Many socially active seniors nonetheless crave deeper meaning in their connections, while other seniors prefer to be alone. Still, studies have repeatedly shown that loneliness is a key factor in health problems ranging from high blood pressure to dementia, along with higher rates of smoking, alcoholism and inactivity. 

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