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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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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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People who are socially isolated may be at a greater risk of dying sooner, a British study suggests. But do Facebook friends count? How about texting? iStockphoto.com hide caption

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Maybe Isolation, Not Loneliness, Shortens Life

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