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When people are elderly, the experience of living with a life-threatening illness, or coming to the end of their lives, can be isolating. Many elderly and terminally ill people talk about ‘retreating from life’ and find it difficult to sustain healthy relationships with family, friends or neighbours. Social experiences can diminish because of the physical and psychological pressures of illness or old age. Being given opportunities to meet others is, therefore, greatly welcomed by some people. One of the central aims of many day centres is to offer people the opportunity to come together with people who are experiencing similar life issues. This enables them to support each other and find new ways of coping with their situations. When we bring such people …
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