Isolation & Loneliness
Isolation & Health
Though the findings overall are mixed, the best current evidence suggests that loneliness may cause adverse health effects by promoting inflammation, said Donovan, a geriatric psychiatrist at the Center for Alzheimer Research and Treatment at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.
Source: Rubin, R. (2017). Loneliness Might Be a Killer, but What’s the Best Way to Protect Against It? Jama, 318(19), 1853-1855.
Acquiring New Skills
In general, the Cattan Review concluded that a few intervention for social isolation in community-dwelling seniors were effective. Group activities which that included some form of educational or training input, and social activities that targeted specific groups of people were both effective…Interventions that resulted in improved self-esteem and locus control, leading to perceived competence and personal control were suggested as pathways to decrease loneliness.
Source: Ontario Medical Advisory Secretariat (2008). Social Isolation in Community-Dwelling Seniors, an Evidence-Based Analysis.
The Never Tech Late project aims to help improve senior citizen’s use of technology to promote connections to the rapidly expanding digital world to improve quality of life. In a systematic review of studies on social isolation and Information Communication Technology (ICT), Chen and Schulz (2016) suggest that ICT was found to reduce the elderly’s social isolation in four ways: connecting to others, participating in activities, receiving social support, and improving self-confidence. In order to effectively use ICT, older adults may benefit from training on computers, the internet, and communication technologies in order to effectively engage in our digital society.
Source: Chen, Y.R. & Schultz, P.J. The effect of information communication technology interventions on reducing social isolation in the elderly: A systematic review. Journal of Medical Internet Research. (18)1 e18. doi: 10.2196/jmir.4596