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Not Alone: How Older Adults Can Build Connection

May 11 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

CA Dept of Aging

Training Tuesday, May 11, 12:30-2 p.m. (1.5 CE)

Not Alone: How Older Adults Can Build Connection

Patrick Arbore, EdD, Institute on Aging

Carla Perissinotto, MD, MHS, UCSF

This event is co-hosted by California Department of Aging and Institute on Aging.

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During this recent year, we have all seen and felt some of the effects of isolation, as most of us have felt the loss of our usual connections.

But for many older and disabled Californians, even in the best of times, grappling with social isolation and loneliness are commonplace, pandemic or no.

On Tuesday, May 11th, 2021, Institute on Aging and the California Department of Aging welcome you to a 90-minute, online event, in which noted experts in the study of social isolation and loneliness will offer an overview of this growing public health concern. They will also provide solutions and suggestions for maintaining ongoing connection and well-being.


  • Identify at least two differences between loneliness/social isolation and social disconnection
  • Recognize at least three health effects of social disconnection
  • Interpret a framework for assessing programs that aim to address loneliness and isolation
  • Explain at least three significant ways in which Friendship Line California supports both older and younger people throughout the state of California
  • Summarize the importance of knowing why the well being of older people and younger disabled individuals matter

Your presenters:

Dr. Carla Perissinotto, MD, MHS, UCSF, was appointed as the first Associate Chief for Geriatrics Clinical Programs at UCSF. Given the growth of clinical programs, the associate chief oversees and manages our both our inpatient and outpatient clinical programs which include Care at Home, Geriatrics consultation in the outpatient setting, and the new Acute Care for the Elderly (ACE) unit at Moffitt-Long Hospital, Orthopedic CO-Management programs and programs which are in development. Carla is an Associate Professor in the Division of Geriatrics, Department of Medicine. Carla is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine. Carla is dedicated to working in both community and academic settings. Her main work is in UCSF Care at Home–which provides medical care to home bound older adults, and in embedded Geriatrics consult practices. From 2008-2017, Carla served as a primary care and consulting Geriatrician at the Over60 Health Center in Berkeley. Carla joined the faculty in August 2010 as a clinician-educator and has received multiple awards for her excellence in teaching. Carla is passionate about working with diverse communities and improving the training of internal medicine residents and all learners in the care of elderly patients. Carla also has a special interest in teaching primary care doctors how to more effectively recognize cognitive impairment in the outpatient primary care setting. Carla was also a recipient of the highly-competitive HRSA Geriatric Academic Career Award 2010-2015, with which she developed curricula to teach a wide range of learners on the care of elderly patients in diverse settings. Carla has also gained national and international recognition for her research on the effects of loneliness on the health of older adults. She is frequently invited to discuss her research and discuss the clinical and policy implications of the health effects of loneliness.

Patrick Arbore, EdD, Founder of The Friendship Line and Director of the Center for Elderly Suicide Prevention and Grief Related Services (CESP)—both programs at Institute on Aging. Dr. Arbore conducts workshops and presents lectures, both locally and nationally, and is the author of numerous articles and book chapters on a variety of aging-related topics. He has also been a Senior Lecturer at Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont, CA; an occasional Lecturer in the School of Social Welfare at the University of California, Berkeley; and an Adjunct Faculty member at The Wright Institute. Dr. Arbore is the recipient of several awards including: the 2013 Mental Health and Aging Award presented by the American Society on Aging; a Silver Medalist for Public Service sponsored by the Jefferson Award Regional Committee; and the 2016 Norma Satten Community Service Innovation Award for his commitment to human rights and community living.

And TBA: a possible representative from the California Department of Aging


May 11
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm


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