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Anthony Cirillo, Gerontology, answeredSenior citizens are often lonely, alone, fearful, and distressed -- just more factors brewing in a perfect storm against their better health. It is up to all of us to make sure our elders have a supportive social network that can come to their aid, reduce their anxiety, provide peace of mind, and reduce isolation. Stress has been linked to many health problems. Our immune systems become so preoccupied with combating stress that other ailments creep up.