Social isolation is the experience of being separated from others. It may result from being physically separated from others, such as when a person lives in a remote area or because of being emotionally shunned from a community.
"Being connected and networked provides individuals adequate social support that can lead to better health practices."
"Internet and smartphone technologies have been shown to clearly enhance the social connectivity of older adults."
"In the U.S., approximately one-quarter of community-dwelling older adults are considered to be socially isolated"
The COVID-19 pandemic is increasing the number of older adults who are socially isolated including both community-dwelling older adults and nursing home residents, as many countries have issued stay-at-home orders and banned visits for nursing home residents.
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