Loneliness has been increasing across all ages even before the pandemic. It’s especially noteworthy among seniors, and it can dramatically affect health. An expert geriatrician who has studied the effects of loneliness and the leader of an organization that provides friendly visitors to the isolated elderly discuss causes of increasing loneliness, its impact, and the effectiveness of visitor programs.
- Dr. Carla Perissinotto, Associate Chief for Clinical Programs in Geriatrics, University of California, San Francisco
- Janet Seckel-Cerrotti, Executive Director, FriendshipWorks, Boston