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On November 1, she chose to die with dignity. She voiced her final wishes here.

Brittany Maynard was a 29-year-old wife and daughter with a terminal diagnosis. Because she lived in Oregon, a state with death with dignity laws, she was able to make the choice about when it was right for her life to end, which she did Nov. 1, 2014. Here's how she explains her choice and what she hopes for the world.

On November 1, she chose to die with dignity. She voiced her final wishes here.
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As people get older, social isolation and loneliness become serious problems. Many find themselves living alone for the first time after the death of a spouse. It's also difficult for older people to maintain friendships when people they've known for years become ill or pass away.

Census Bureau figures say that almost a quarter of men and nearly 46% of women over the age of 75 live alone.

But loneliness doesn't just affect those who reside by themselves. People can feel lonely when there is a discrepancy between their desired and actual relationships. To put it simply, when it comes to having a healthy social life, quality is just as important as quantity.

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