The Hidden Risk of Loneliness Part 1
From Jeff Layne
Director & Founder, Center for Elderly Suicide Prevention & Grief Related Services,
Institute on Aging, San Francisco
Loneliness, according to Dr. Patrick Arbore, encompasses a complex set of mental issues. It can be part of the additional complexity of caring for older adults. He is careful to point out, however, that old age and loneliness do not always go hand-in-hand, and that older adults living alone are not necessarily lonely. In his presentation, Dr. Arbore explains the differences between loneliness and social isolation, discusses how to screen for loneliness, describes the effects of loneliness on mental health, and shares methods of compassionate intervention to help older adults who suffer from loneliness. He also provides information about the “24-Hour Friendship Line” that is available to lonely seniors.
Recorded: October 17, 2014