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‘Elder orphans,’ without kids or spouses, face old age alone.

"About 22 percent of older adults in the United States fall into this category or are at risk of doing so in the future, according to a 2016 study….Notably, 70 percent of survey respondents said they hadn’t identified a caregiver who would help if they became ill or disabled, while 35 percent said they didn’t have “friends or family to help them cope with life’s challenges.”

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