Link: http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2017/01/01/506724900/easing-old-peoples-loneliness-can-help-keep-them-healthy

By Anna Gorman
January 1, 2017

Emil Girardi moved to San Francisco on New Year's Eve in 1960. He loved everything about the city: the energy, the people and the hills. And, of course, the bars, where Girardi mixed drinks for most of his adult life.

About 10 years ago, the 83-year-old New York native had a stroke and collapsed on the sidewalk near his Nob Hill home. Everything changed.