Social connection is vital to our health and well-being

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Vivek H. Murthy, MD, MBA, surgeon general of the United States, released a report earlier this month that highlights loneliness as an urgent public health concern and calls attention to the importance of social connection. A lack of regular interaction with others has been associated with higher rates of depression, a weakened immune system, heart disease and dementia. Recognize the risk factors for loneliness and social isolation to help reduce your risk — or a loved one’s — and learn more about the importance of social connection.