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Study Shows Social Isolation Can Be Harmful to Seniors’ Health

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SALISBURY, Md.- Many people like their alone time, but too much of it can be detrimental to one's health, according to a recent study by the AARP. 

Seventy-year-old Mary Huebner lives all by herself and says life can get lonely. 

"It really is hard if you do live alone, it really is hard," says Huebner. 

Karla Beardsely, a dietitian at the MAC Senior Center for Aging in Salisbury, says living along isn't just hard, but also harmful to a senior's health. The AARP study shows the effects of social isolation on the health of seniors is similar to that of smoking 15 cigarettes a day. 

"When we're isolated we basically don't use our resources that we have, such as our feet and our mind. When we don't use parts of our mind and our body we lose it," says Beardsely. 

To make sure seniors don't "lose" important functions, the MAC Center is hosting seminars as part of this year's "Winter Institute."

Classes include how to improve memory skills and how to use a smart phone. Activities, management at the MAC Center, hope brings seniors outside their homes. 

"We also want them to gather the information that they gather. It can keep them independent and not be lonely in their homes," says Beardsely. 

Classes will be held until Jan. 24 and those classes at the MAC Center, 909 Progress Cir. in Salisbury, are open to all ages. Click here for more information or call 410-742-0505.

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