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Dying of loneliness a real concern for families with loved ones in long-term care

Kevin Doran
Updated: October 16, 2020 10:20 PM
Created: October 16, 2020 04:14 PM

Can a person really die of loneliness? Yes, they can, according to KSTP Medical Expert Dr. Archelle Georgiou.

"Absolutely, it's toxic and is as dangerous as smoking 15 cigarettes a day," Dr. Georgiou said.

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Dr. Georgiou said families worried their loved ones in assisted living or nursing homes will die of loneliness over the winter have a real concern. And, she welcomes the news that the state of Minnesota is easing visitor restrictions starting Saturday, Oct. 17.

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