Social isolation among older people in urban areas: a review of the literature for the Ambition for Ageing programme in Greater Manchester

University of Manchester. Institute for Collaborative Research on Ageing
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Drawing on the existing literature, this review looks at the characteristics and causes of social isolation in older people, the value of encouraging social participation, and evidence about the most effective forms of intervention. The review identifies the groups of older people who are most at risk of social isolation and identifies risk factors at individual, community and structural levels. The review then looks at the benefits and different types of social participation and evidence about the most effective forms of interventions to reduce social isolation. Interventions discussed include one-to-one interventions; group interventions; service provision interventions; and community development and neighbourhood interventions. To address social isolation the review highlights: the need for a variety of interventions to respond to the needs of an increasingly diverse population of older people; the importance of co-production and involving older people in the planning, delivery and evaluation of programmes; and the importance of building on existing community capacity and resources. (Edited publisher abstract)

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social isolation, older people, urban areas, intervention, social activities, participation, community development, diversity, loneliness, prevention, literature reviews;
Content type:
research review
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