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VITAL tablets help older people cope with isolation during the pandemic


by Kim Doleatto

From timeouts in childhood to solitary confinement in prison, loneliness is used as a punishment strategy because it can hurt.

With a pandemic making contact with other people more fraught, especially among those most at risk, safeguarding physical health comes at a cost, especially for residents in senior care facilities.

“Some were changing behavior because of the lockdown,” said Jim Jandreau, a resident at Cypress Village in Jacksonville, Florida, a senior living community. He’s also the co-chair of its Joint Information Technology Committee, and he jumped at the opportunity to help mitigate the effects of loneliness on his peers in lockdown.


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