Practice question

What approach should I take if I think an older person is lonely?

Nurses need the knowledge and skills to identify older people who are lonely so they can choose the appropriate service or intervention.
Lonely

Nurses need the knowledge and skills to identify older people who are lonely so they can choose an appropriate service or intervention

The normal human emotion of loneliness is a sign of wanting contact with people and it is known that prolonged exposure to loneliness can have a devastating effect on a person’s well-being.

The link between loneliness and cardiovascular disease has been established, but recent research has identified that people who experience loneliness are twice as likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease ( Wilson et al 2007 ).

Loneliness can be as harmful to the health of older people as smoking 15 cigarettes a day

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