053 Addressing Loneliness in Aging

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In This Episode:

Dr. K talks with Carla Perissinotto, MD, Associate Chief for Geriatrics Clinical Programs at UCSF and a nationally known expert on loneliness in aging. Her landmark 2012 study found that loneliness is common among older adults, and is associated with greater declines while aging. They discuss:

  • What surprised her about her study findings
  • The difference between being alone, being lonely, and being socially isolated
  • How social contact and loneliness can impact health while aging
  • When to worry about someone who lives alone
  • Whether trying to age in place might increase the risk of social isolation
  • Different services and options that can help maintain social connections even when it’s hard to leave home
  • What to do if you’re worried about an older relative who might be lonely
  • How older adults might plan ahead to reduce their risk of loneliness and social isolation
  • How loneliness can put aging adults at risk for financial exploitation
  • Promising approaches to reducing loneliness in aging

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