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Loneliness Linked to Use of High-Risk Meds in Seniors

Loneliness, the emotional distress resulting from a discrepancy between one’s actual and desired level of social connection, is associated with physical and psychological symptoms in older adults, including pain, insomnia, depression, and anxiety. Lonely older adults may be at risk for using high-risk medications commonly prescribed for physical or psychological symptoms, such as NSAIDs, pain medicine, sedatives, anti-anxiety meds, and antidepressants …

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