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Living Lonely: A three-part series that explores loneliness in America

Published: Friday, July 31 2015 1:55 a.m. MDT

Charlotte Jensen, 77, looks out of the front door with her dog, Spike, at her home in Salt Lake City, Nov. 26, 2013. (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News) Charlotte Jensen, 77, looks out of the front door with her dog, Spike, at her home in Salt Lake City, Nov. 26, 2013. (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News)

Loneliness, as a medical matter, has begun to capture the attention of health experts worldwide, because it can kill. A growing body of research compares loneliness to documented health killers like smoking and obesity. Lois M. Collins tackles the issue in a three-part series:

Part 1: Seniors in Search of a Song, looks at the ramifications of loneliness for those who are elderly and what can be done about it.

Part 2: Unsettled Refugees tackles challenges that face people who arrive, sometimes reluctantly, from war-torn parts of the world. Many must learn a new language as well as adapt to a different way of life.

Part 3: When the Ill Are Invisible chronicles the isolation of entire families when a child is severely ill or disabled.

Bhutanese refugee Hari Koirala walks with his daughter, Deeya, and wife, Tika, at their home in Salt Lake City Dec. 7, 2013. (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News) Bhutanese refugee Hari Koirala walks with his daughter, Deeya, and wife, Tika, at their home in Salt Lake City Dec. 7, 2013. (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News)

The project was undertaken as part of The California Endowment Health Journalism Fellowships, a program of USC’s Annenberg School of Journalism.

EMAIL: lois@deseretnews.com, Twitter: Loisco

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