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Loneliness: a challenge for nurses caring for older people

01 June 2006

Nursing Older People


Loneliness is a complex concept that involves both psychological and social aspects. This article explores loneliness and the impact it can have on older people. It...

Addressing the isolation experienced by clients

31 May 2012

Learning Disability Practice


This article describes the importance of reducing the loneliness experienced by people with learning disabilities who exhibit challenging behaviour. The author...

The UK national study of abuse and neglect among older people

01 October 2007

Nursing Older People


This article reports briefly on the first UK prevalence study (undertaken in 2006-7) of the abuse and neglect of older people living in the community. Older people...

Approaches to counter loneliness and social isolation

27 August 2015

Nursing Older People


Social isolation and loneliness are significant threats for older people and may be associated with mental and physical health problems. This article revisits what...

Understanding and managing depression in older people

02 October 2019

Nursing Older People

mental health

Clinicians do not always recognise depression in older people as they attribute symptoms to the ageing process and the effects of failing health. Similarly, older...

Sick of feeling lonely

20 September 2011

Nursing Standard


Loneliness in older people poses a huge health risk, say campaigners. But there are steps nurses can take to spot and address the problem.

Reducing social isolation in a rural community through participation in creative arts projects

26 November 2015

Nursing Older People

Art & Science

This article reports the initial findings from the evaluation of four creative arts projects involving groups of older people living in a rural community. The...

A nurse-led youth volunteering project to support older people on acute hospital wards

24 June 2020

Nursing Management


Young people volunteering on acute hospital wards can provide extra support to older patients, for example with eating and drinking, with mobilising and with...