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

Hagan, Robert and Manktelow, Roger and Taylor, Brian J and Mallett, John (2014) Reducing loneliness amongst older people: a systematic search and narrative review. Aging & Mental Health, 18 (6). pp. 683-693. ISSN 1360-7863

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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.

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