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Loneliness among older people

  • Pirkko Routasalo (a1) and Kaisu H Pitkala (a1)

Loneliness may be regarded as a ‘geriatric giant’, leading to impaired quality of life, greater need for institutional care and increased mortality. For the past 30 years, a growing number of studies have focused on loneliness. However, the majority of these have been descriptive and cross-sectional. Further longitudinal studies are needed to understand the causal relationship between life-events and loneliness, its prognostic significance and, in particular, whether negative consequences may be alleviated.

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Address for correspondence: Pirkko Routasalo, University of Turku, Department of Nursing Science and The Central Union for the Welfare of the Aged, Malmin Kauppatie 26, FIN-00700 Helsinki, Finland.
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Reviews in Clinical Gerontology
  • ISSN: 0959-2598
  • EISSN: 1469-9036
  • URL: /core/journals/reviews-in-clinical-gerontology
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