Loneliness can cause emotional suffering to people of all ages. But a new study by UCSF researchers, which focused on the question of loneliness and its effects, suggests it is especially harmful to the elderly and raises the risk of health problems and even premature death. We'll talk with the lead researcher about the findings.
Loneliness in Later Years
Carla Perissinotto, assistant clinical professor, Division of Geriatrics at UCSF and the study's lead author
Karyn Skultety, director of clinical and community services for the Institute on Aging