Interviews were undertaken with people aged 65 or more years living in their own homes, and the sample was broadly representative of the population in Among them the prevalence of 'severe loneliness' was seven per cent, indicating little change over five decades. Six independent vulnerabiliy factors for loneliness were identified: marital status, increases in loneliness over the previous decade, increases in time alone over the previous decade; elevated mental morbidity; poor current health; and poorer health in old age than expected.
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Advanced age and possession of post-basic education were independently protective of loneliness. From this evidence we propose that there are three loneliness pathways in later life: continuation of a long-established attribute, late-onset loneliness, and decreasing loneliness.
Health Effects of Social Isolation and Loneliness
Confirmation of the different trajectories suggests that policies and interventions should reflect the variability of loneliness in later life, for undifferentiated responses may be neither appropriate nor effective. UCL Discovery.
Enter your search terms. Closing the day, the NI Commissioner for Older People Eddie Lynch reflected on the broad themes identified throughout the day including the complexity of loneliness with the varying routes, types and causes.
He concurred that we need to understand loneliness to a much greater degree and that a whole suite of interventions is needed with a wide range of options allowing individuals to be matched to meaningful interventions based upon the type of loneliness and the particular requirement of the individual. The Institute of Public Health in Ireland and Bamford Centre for Mental Health and Wellbeing at Ulster University are working together to identify the most effective interventions to address loneliness among older people.
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