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Assistant Professor of Public and Health Administration Nikki Shipley and Associate Professor of Gerontology Kelly Niles-Yokum discuss the issue of dying alone. Shipley said the number of Americans living alone has risen, a contributing factor in the increased number of people dying alone in their homes. Niles-Yokum explained that many who die alone have no close family, so their burials become the responsibility of the city they live in. The Tuesday lecture was part of the weekly faculty lecture series./ photo by Spencer Croce

Survey shows trend of dying alone

Kelly Niles-Yokum, associate professor of gerontology, and Nikki Shipley, assistant professor of public and health administration, spoke on “A Solitary Death: The Intersection of the Aging Networks and the Phenomenon of Dying Alone in Southern California” Tuesday in the President’s Dining Room.

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