Addressing loneliness in older people within the UK: how can practitioners in health and social care settings contribute to successful intervention

Mclean, Sarah (2016) Addressing loneliness in older people within the UK: how can practitioners in health and social care settings contribute to successful intervention. BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    Loneliness and social isolation is becoming endemic amongst older people within the UK. Research suggests that this is closely linked to poor health, feelings of depression and decreased wellbeing. According to the Office for National Statistics, there are now more people over State Pension age than Children in the UK.
    This literature review seeks to critically analyse secondary research in relation to loneliness in older people over the age of 65 within the UK. The aim is to identify findings that can aid practitioners working in health and social care settings to address self-reported loneliness in older people.
    Findings from the research identified three common themes. These themes were, understanding the concept of loneliness and the factors associated with it, implementing a multi-agency approach to addressing loneliness and enabling older people to be co-producers in the implementation of effective interventions.
    The findings from the identified themes are outlined and discussed by the author and recommendations are made for further research and the link to social work practice.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Science > School of Health Sciences and Social Work
    Depositing User: Beth Atkins
    Date Deposited: 05 Aug 2016 15:15
    Last Modified: 05 Aug 2016 15:15
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/21374

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