Preventing loneliness and social isolation: interventions and outcomes

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Windle, Karen; Francis, Jennifer; Coomber, Caroline
Social Care Institute for Excellence
Date of publication
1 October 2011
Research briefing; 39
Older Adults, Social Work, Social Care and Social Services
Social welfare
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This is one in a series of research briefings about preventive care and support for adults. Older people are particularly vulnerable to social isolation or loneliness owing to loss of friends and family, mobility or income. Social isolation and loneliness impact upon individuals’ quality of life and wellbeing, adversely affecting health and increasing their use of health and social care services. The interventions to tackle social isolation or loneliness include: befriending, mentoring, Community Navigators, social group schemes. There is good evidence that such interventions reduce loneliness and improve health and wellbeing.