Aging & Loneliness

Dr. Carla Perissinotto

Carla Perissinotto is an Associate Professor in the Division of Geriatrics, and first Associate Chief for Geriatrics Clinical Programs at the University of California San Francisco.

She is the recipient of the highly-competitive HRSA Geriatric Academic Career Award 2010-2015, and in 2012 gained international recognition for her study on the effects of loneliness on the health of older adults.

Carla is a contributor to the geriatrics and palliative care blog GeriPal, and every year, as part of her efforts to improve the care of older patients in low resource settings across the globe, volunteers her services in Chiapas, Mexico at the Hospital San Carlos which serves the indigenous people of Chiapas.

In today’s episode we discuss how loneliness is distinct from things like depression and social isolation, how it’s possible to be surrounded by family and friends and still feel lonely, how feeling lonely can have a negative impact on our long term physical health, and why we as a society are guilty of neglecting our older generation.


Related Links

Carla Perissinotto, MD – UCSF Faculty Profile

GeriPal – Geriatrics and Palliative Care Blog

Health Benefits of Staying Social: Connecting with Your Community – YouTube

Campaign to End Loneliness – UK

Age UK – The Uk’s largest charity working with older people

The Silverline – The free, 24 hour, confidential helpline for older people

Book Recommendations


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Porn Scars: Afflictions of the Porn Generation

Wendy Maltz

Wendy Maltz (@healthysextweet) is an internationally recognized certified sex therapist with more than forty years of clinical experience, and a leading expert on healing sexual abuse, women’s sexual fantasies, healthy sexuality, and recovery from porn-related concerns.

She has served as an Adjunct Instructor teaching ‚ÄúHuman Sexuality in Counseling‚ÄĚ at the University of Oregon, and in 2014, she received the prestigious Carnes award from the Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health for ‚Äúher outstanding work in the field of sexual addiction.‚ÄĚ

Wendy is the author of numerous books including “Private Thoughts: Exploring the Power of Women‚Äôs Sexual Fantasies“, “The Sexual Healing Journey: A Guide for Survivors of Sexual Abuse“, and the book which expands on today’s topic “The Porn Trap: The Essential Guide to Overcoming Problems Caused by Pornography“.

In today’s episode we discuss the social and¬†psychological consequences for young men who grow up with fast and easy access to increasingly extreme pornography.


Related Links – Wendy’s website

Do You Know the Difference? (Porn-related Sex vs Healthy Sex) – Poster

The Hazards of Porn – Poster

Teenagers are having less sex, but contracting more STI’s – Cosmopolitan

Book Recommendations



Image courtesy: Heather Hopkins