Social care services for addressing loneliness among inmates of old age homes

Authors

  • Gurrapu Rakesh Department of Psychiatric Social Work, National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
  • Sojan Antony Department of Psychiatric Social Work, National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
  • Thirumoorthy Ammapattian Department of Psychiatric Social Work, National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.18203/2394-6040.ijcmph20233140

Keywords:

Social isolation , Loneliness , Old age homes

Abstract

Social isolation and loneliness among the elderly have garnered increasing attention in recent years. As more people live longer and age, there is a growing concern about the effects of social isolation on mental health and well-being. Social isolation and loneliness can lead to a range of negative physical and psychological effects, including depression, anxiety, and cognitive decline. These effects are particularly pronounced among elderly individuals living in old age homes (OAHs), where they may have limited opportunities to interact with others and maintain their social networks.

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Published

2023-09-30

How to Cite

Rakesh, G., Antony, S., & Ammapattian, T. (2023). Social care services for addressing loneliness among inmates of old age homes. International Journal Of Community Medicine And Public Health, 10(10), 3963–3964. https://doi.org/10.18203/2394-6040.ijcmph20233140

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