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Reducing social isolation and promoting well being in older people.

Hemingway, A. and Jack, E., 2013. Reducing social isolation and promoting well being in older people. Quality in Ageing and Older Adults, 14 (1), 25 - 35 .

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DOI: 10.1108/14717791311311085


This paper reports on a three year research project exploring the impacts of an intervention seeking to reduce social isolation in the older age group. The research team initially reviewed the literature focusing on quality of life and the older adult and found that the term itself includes a broad range of life areas, with little consensus about the definition of the term itself. The literature clearly demonstrated however, that social and family relationships are embedded within the definition of a ‘good quality of life’ for older adults. The overarching themes which guided the research process were: 1. A participatory approach to the research to enable club attendees, volunteers and staff to be meaningfully involved with the study as it progressed. 2. Three areas of learning to inform the study design, the existing literature on this area, the initial responses (data) collected and the `iterative` reflective process of being involved as researchers in this study. 3. To ensure data collection captured not only the `amount` or `degree` of impact on social isolation which the clubs may have for those who attend, but also the narratives or `stories` which offer the details of their experiences. Overall the perceived benefits for attendees of attending the friendship clubs fell into three key areas; improved well being, social relations and mental and physical health. Key Words: Older people, social isolation, social support

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Elderly people, Friendship clubs, Mental health, Older people, Social isolation, Social support
ID Code:21102
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:24 Mar 2014 10:12
Last Modified:14 Mar 2022 13:48


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