May 6, 2013

All the lonely people: how we live alone past 65

Clydie Pugh-Myers, one of the state’s first black licensed practical nurses, once drove a red Cadillac around Durham, sang in the choir at her church, and generally stayed busy. These days, living with two knee replacements, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and other ailments, she can no longer drive and sits at home alone a lot. She says even people from her church don’t come to see her much. “Since I’ve gotten 84, it’s gotten tough,” Pugh-Myers said in her South Durham home.

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