Preventing loneliness and social isolation in older people – iriss – March 2014
“Loneliness and isolation are common problems amongst older people in Scotland and have a profound detrimental effect on many aspects of health and wellbeing.
Tackling loneliness and isolation is inherently preventative in terms of delaying or avoiding the need for more intensive support.
While the evidence around which interventions are most effective in alleviating loneliness and isolation has limitations, we know that flexible support, ideally based within the community, and developed with the involvement of older people is effective. Group activities are also especially helpful.
We can identify several aspects of promising practice, but further evaluations are necessary to identify the most effective work in this field.
This Insight was written by Emma Collins (IRISS).”