Report: Increased social and community connections are important for health 

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Dr. Rhonda L. Randall is the chief medical officer of UnitedHealthcare Employer & Individual, a business segment of the nation’s largest health care company, UnitedHealth Group. Valley News/Courtesy photo
Dr. Rhonda L. RandallSpecial to Valley NewsAll people are wired for emotional connection and that doesn’t stop when they retire. In my experience as a geriatrician, older adults who have family or a strong support network by their side are more likely to remain living in their homes longer, get the care they need and have better health outcomes. Unfortunately, older adults who are more isolated with less of a social support system, experience more challenges and often don’t receive important care.Through my practice, I learned the path to better health for older adults isn’t always through the doctor’s office. When older adults are a part of an active community, their health outcomes improve. But in many instances, these communities have been less active due to COVID-19
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