Emil Girardi, 83, and Shipra Narruhn, 67, chat in Girardi's San Francisco apartment. They were paired through a nonprofit called Little Brothers, Friends of the Elderly, which aims to relieve isolation and loneliness. Anna Gorman/KHN hide caption

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Easing Old People's Loneliness Can Help Keep Them Healthy

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Diseased brain tissue from an Alzheimer's patient showing amyloid plaques (in blue) located in the gray matter of the brain. Dr Cecil H Fox/Science Source/Getty Images hide caption

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Elderly hospitalized patients taken care of by female doctors had better results than those seen by male doctors. Julie Delton/Getty Images hide caption

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Patients Cared For By Female Doctors Fare Better Than Those Treated By Men

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Bobo gives her mother a kiss. Her mother can't talk or move her arms or legs. Kimberly Paynter/WHYY hide caption

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Caring For A Loved One At Home Can Have A Steep Learning Curve

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A Brighter Outlook Could Translate To A Longer Life

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Laura Rees (left) and her sister Nancy Fee sit with their father, Joseph Fee, while holding a photo of his late wife, Elizabeth. Robert Durell for KHN hide caption

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Rule Change Could Push Hospitals To Tell Patients About Nursing Home Quality

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More than a quarter of Japan's population is over the age of 65, and its birthrate is falling steadily. Bloomberg/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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Golden Years, Iron Bars: Japan Sees Rise In Crime By The Elderly

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Education may help brains cope with cognitive decline, and treatments for high blood pressure and other health problems may decrease dementia risk. Alfred Pasieka/Science Photo Library/Getty Images hide caption

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Dementia Risk Declines, And Education May Be One Reason Why

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Volunteer Julia Torrano helps Estelle Day, 79, style her hair while she's a patient at UCLA Medical Center. Ina Jaffe/NPR hide caption

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Hospital Companions Can Ease Isolation For Older People

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When Morton Pollner was diagnosed with lung cancer at age 76, he thought it was a death sentence. Michael Rubenstein for NPR hide caption

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Older Patients Can Benefit From Lung Cancer Surgery

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"It's easier to sort of face the hard things in your life when you're not alone," says hospice chaplain Kerry Egan. "That's a big part of what a chaplain does, is she stays with you." Ann Summa/Getty Images hide caption

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Hospice Chaplain Reflects On Life, Death And The 'Strength Of The Human Soul'

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