How to combat social isolation

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One way to fill your free time, and reap some positive energy, is to explore a new hobby or skill. Valley News/Courtesy photo
Family Features Special to Valley News Even before COVID-19 limited social contact with friends, family and colleagues, many adults experienced loneliness and depression due to limited contact with others. Now, a year after the pandemic forced many people into even greater levels of isolation, the issue of social isolation is especially prevalent in Americans over the age of 50, according to surveys. Despite the physical implications of a pandemic, research shows the mental health stakes are high, too. A nationwide survey, commissioned by Barclays, found that half of Americans over the age of 50 said the isolation from their friends and family has been more challenging than concerns over health risks they may face. Social isolation provided plenty of time for Americans to refle
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