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Loneliness in Older Adults

perissinotto_carla-200 Loneliness has been found to cause serious health problems and even death, according to new research findings by Drs. Carla Perissinotto and Kenneth Covinsky in the UCSF Division of Geriatrics.  “In our typical medical model, we don’t think of subjective feelings as affecting health,” Perissinotto says. “It’s intriguing to find that loneliness is independently associated with an increased rate of death and functional decline.” Read more here. Listen to Dr. Perissinotto discuss her work by clicking under the Multimedia section of the right menu on this website.   For more media coverage, see the following: The New York Times – Judith Graham The High Price of Loneliness TIME Healthland – Alice Park How Feeling Lonely Can Shorten Your Life KQED News – Charla Bear Study: Loneliness Is Added Health Risk for Seniors WebMD – Brenda Goodman Loneliness Linked to Death, Disability