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Approaches to counter loneliness and social isolation in older people

Author: Bob Price

Duration: 2 hours Last updated: 2020 Quality Assurance: Peer-reviewed Level: Qualified nurses, Students Language: English

Course description

The aim of this module is to assist you to take stock of loneliness and social isolation in older people, evaluating what nurses can do to help counter the associated risks to physical and mental health.

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Learning aims and intended outcomes

  • Discuss social isolation and loneliness in modern day society and the changes under way there
  • Outline why social networks are critical in reducing the risk that older people will become socially isolated and lonely
  • Summarise some of the possible sequelae of loneliness for older people, which have significance for nurses
  • Outline simple support measures that can help counter institutional loneliness in patients
  • Critically examine some of the initiatives used to help counter loneliness, identifying websites that patients, relatives and professionals might use


  • Introduction
  • Modern society
  • Definitions
  • The effect of loneliness
  • Strategies to counter loneliness
  • Conclusions


Bob Price
Healthcare education and training consultant.


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  • Introduction
  • Modern society
  • Definitions
  • The effect of loneliness
  • Strategies to counter loneliness
  • Conclusions

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