Preventing loneliness and social isolation in older people

Institute for Research and Innovation in Social Services
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This Insight looks specifically at the prevention of isolation and loneliness amongst older people, with a particular focus on what practitioners in the fields of health and social care should bear in mind when working to tackle this important and growing issue. It highlights the findings from past research and and evidence about what works, summarises the key characteristics of successful interventions, looks at how they relate to the prevention agenda, and the particular role health and social care professionals can play. (Edited publisher abstract)

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older people, loneliness, social isolation, prevention, intervention, health professionals, social care professionals;
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research review
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