Geriatrician Thomas Cudjoe, M.D., M.P.H., an assistant professor of medicine, is investigating a relationship between social isolation and inflammatory biomarkers. His recent findings from a large nationally represented study indicate that social isolation has biological influences and could lead to poor health outcomes such as dementia and premature mortality — a finding of particular import, he notes, since 1 in 4 community dwelling adults over age 65 are considered socially isolated. Cudjoe’s work points to the importance of developing programs and interventions to address isolation among the aged. He is the Caryl & George Bernstein CIM HAP Scholar.
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