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    UK Targets Loneliness With Official Strategy

    Yesterday Prime Minister Theresa May outlined a long-term plan to combat social isolation amid growing evidence that it’s linked to early death. In addition to boosting research funding and tailoring social policy to better address loneliness, officials will also introduce “social prescribing” by 2023 — in which doctors will refer isolated patients to group activities, such as cooking or dance classes. Polls show 20 percent of British citizens say they’re lonely most of the time, and 200,000 older people haven’t spoken with a friend or relative in more than a month.

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