1 of 2 parts

Social distancing increasing loneliness in old people

By: Team Ifairer | Posted: 11-11-2020
Heart It
Social distancing increasing loneliness in old people
Social distancing increasing loneliness in old people, social distancing increasing loneliness in old people,  loneliness a leading cause of depression in older adults,  study,  loneliness,  depression,  social distancing,  health tips,  ifairer
Loneliness is responsible for 18% of depression among people over 50 in England, according to a new study led by University College London researchers. The findings, published in The Lancet Psychiatry, suggest that almost one in five depression cases among older adults could be prevented if loneliness were eliminated. The researchers found that people's subjective experiences of loneliness contributed to depression up to 12 years later, independent of more objective measures of social isolation.

Senior author Dr Gemma Lewis (UCL Psychiatry) said: "We found that whether people considered themselves to be lonely was a bigger risk factor for depression than how many social contacts and support they had. The findings suggest that it's not just spending time with other people that matters, but having meaningful relationships and companionship."

The researchers reviewed data from 4,211 participants of the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing, aged 52 and over, who had answered questions at regular intervals over a 12-year period about their experiences of loneliness, social engagement and social support, as well as depressive symptoms.

To measure loneliness, participants were asked three questions about lacking companionship, feeling left out, and feeling isolated, and their answers combined into a loneliness score on a seven-point scale.

Each one-point increase on the loneliness scale corresponded to a doubling of the odds of depression (based on a clinical threshold of depressive symptoms rather than a diagnosis). The researchers accounted for depression and loneliness levels at the start of the study to reduce the possibility that depression was responsible for the increasing feelings of loneliness that were reported.
Social distancing increasing loneliness in old peopleNext
Tags :
social distancing increasing loneliness in old people, loneliness a leading cause of depression in older adults, study, loneliness, depression, social distancing, health tips, ifairer

Dare To Share

  • Past Relation
    I have a son and my fiance has no clue. What do i do? I am 31 and....
    Read More...
  • Shameful Regret
    He is planning to divorce his wife and probably marry me. However, he has transferred the three parcels of land and a car they have into my name...
    Read More...
  • Silent Revenge
    My friend and I live together, and she is so sloppy. She is always leaving messes in the kitchen, and no matter how nicely I ask her to help with the chores, she doesn't listen...
    Read More...