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‘You can’t be lonely and be a healthy person.’ How seniors can combat isolation

Kathy Seguin is an older adult — she really dislikes labels such as senior citizen and elder orphan — who was a prime candidate for the kind of isolation that increasingly is considered injurious to mental and physical health and a challenge for communities across the country.

She lost her husband in 2012 when she was 59 and living in New York.

“I knew it was the start of a new chapter,” Seguin said, and as part of trying to figure out what to do next, she attended a weekend workshop in Asheville, N.C., on finding your passions. She decided to move there, despite knowing virtually no one.

Her loss of a loved one, scattered adult stepchildren, and sudden uprooting put her at risk of becoming disengaged from society. That didn’t happen, Seguin said, because she discovered her apartment is three-quarters of a mile along a forest trail from the Reuter Family YMCA, where she now goes six days a week for group classes — no solitary workouts for her — and to volunteer in the youth development center, among other activities.

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