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No other time of year brings families together like the holidays. For many, the season kicks off with Thanksgiving, with the traditional Thanksgiving Day celebration often including a houseful of family members spanning generations. We relish the quality time and togetherness.

For seniors, however, this time of year can bring on mixed emotions. An AARP study shows that holiday nostalgia can turn to loneliness, as many seniors are reminded of a lost spouse, relative or close friend. Further, the realization they’re unable to contribute or participate as fully as they once did can lead to a feeling of isolation or depression.

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