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.
- Older people
- literature review
Hagan, R. J., Manktelow, R., Taylor, B. J., & Mallett, J. (2014). Reducing loneliness amongst older people: a systematic search and narrative review. Aging and Mental Health, 18(6), 683-693. https://doi.org/10.1080/13607863.2013.875122