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This review begins by tackling myths about loneliness in older people, specifically that it is widespread, an inevitable symptom of health decline, or readily cured through the availability of technology. Instead, it is when older people experience rapid social change, are denied opportunities for meaningful contribution, or are subject to discrimination or disadvantage that loneliness is most likely. Recent advances in loneliness theorizing and interventions are reviewed, with a focus on social prescribing, social identity-building programs, and universal social cohesion initiatives. These breakthroughs speak to the need to look beyond the lonely person and consider their social context.

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