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May 09, 1986

More than nine-tenths of elderly people who live alone have visits or telephone chats with family and friends, social support that may help them live longer, says a study released by the National Center for Health Statistics. There is evidence that "people who have a lot of friends and relatives and who see a lot of them are likely to live longer than those who seldom visit with friends or relatives . . . ," the report said.

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