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How to be happy and boost brain health by nurturing social connections – they help lower stress, reduce depression and stave off cognitive decline

Ninety-year-old Chan Siu-yung lives alone but is seldom lonely. Twice a month she spends time with Stella Mak Choi Yip-ying, a volunteer with the Agency for Volunteer Service (AVS) in Hong Kong. They exchange personal news and have conversations about everything from the latest TV programmes to what’s happening in the neighbourhood. Chan and Mak also talk on the phone, their conversations often lasting an hour and a half or more. “I appreciate Stella spending time with me,” says Chan, who…

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