Reducing loneliness amongst older people: a systematic search and narrative review

Robert J Hagan, Roger Manktelow, Brian J Taylor, John Mallett

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Abstract

Objective: To investigate the effectiveness of recent social therapeutic interventions to reduce loneliness in older people. Method: To examine this matter, a literature review, using seven databases, was undertaken using search terms relating to the themes of ageing, loneliness and social support. A total of 17 relevant studies relating to loneliness interventions were analysed. Results: Three studies reporting on new technologies and one on a group work intervention identified significant reductions in loneliness.Conclusion: Further research into interventions using new technologies to reduce loneliness in older people is recommended.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)683-693
JournalAging and Mental Health
Volume18
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2014

Keywords

  • Older people
  • loneliness
  • ageing
  • literature review

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