Melissa in the Morning: One is the Loneliest Number…

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Melissa in the Morning: One is the Loneliest Number…

A new report from the Surgeon General says that social isolation’s effects on mortality are equivalent to smoking up to 15 cigarettes every day. Loneliness can reportedly contribute to a person having a higher risk of heart disease, stroke, anxiety, depression and dementia. Counselor, Julius Dudics, talks about why isolation has become more prevalent and how can it be fixed. ((00:00))

The Jimmy McGrath Foundation is hosting its first golf tournament in June. We spoke with Jimmy’s dad, Kevin, about the foundation as well as the chairperson for the tournament about ways you can get involved. For more information: ((12:58))

A high schooler in Bridgeport made her senior project about human sex trafficking. We spoke with Alijah Walker of Bridge Academy about her presentation and why she decided to take the risk sharing this topic. ((22:25))

Former President Jimmy Carter is still hanging on enjoying life three months after bringing end-of-life care into his home. But what really is hospice care and is it a death sentence? Dr. Ross Albert is the Hospice Medical Director for Hartford Healthcare at Home. He defined hospice care, what it entails and how costly it can be. ((31:58))

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