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Approaches to counter loneliness and social isolation in older people

Approaches to counter loneliness and social isolation in older people

Approaches to counter loneliness and social isolation in older people

Bob Price
Bob Price
on behalf of Royal College of Nursing

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Launch date: 26 Jan 2018

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Last updated: 31 Jul 2018

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Social isolation and loneliness are significant threats for older people and may be associated with mental and physical health problems. This module revisits what is meant by social isolation and loneliness and explores the way in which social change can trigger both problems. Social networks are discussed as the means by which older people can mediate the stresses of change around them.

The module summarises some of the health consequences of loneliness, indicates some simple measures nurses can use to limit the risk of institutional loneliness and examines how collaborative community ventures, mentoring and befriending schemes can help older people to access and rebuild social networks that may assist them to sustain wellbeing. Case study material is used to highlight contrasting profiles of older people who may be either more or less at risk of social isolation.

Objectives

The aim of this module is to assist you to take stock of loneliness and social isolation in older people, evaluating what nurses can do to help counter the associated risks to physical and mental health.

On completion of this course you will gain an understanding of:
Discuss social isolation and loneliness in modern day society and the changes under way there.
Outline why social networks are critical in reducing the risk that older people will become socially isolated and lonely.
Summarise some of the possible sequelae of loneliness for older people, which have significance for nurses.
Outline simple support measures that can help counter institutional loneliness in patients.
Critically examine some of the initiatives used to help counter loneliness, identifying websites that patients, relatives and professionals might use.
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Bob Price
on behalf of Royal College of Nursing

Healthcare education and training consultant.

Current Accreditations

This course has been certified by or provided by the following Certified Organization/s:

  • American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)
  • 0.50 Hours
  • Royal College of Nursing (RCN)
  • 1.00 Hours

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