Social distancing is increasing feelings of loneliness in older population

social distancing is increasing feelings of loneliness in older population

Sumary of Social distancing is increasing feelings of loneliness in older population:

  • The research has identified a link between increases in loneliness in over 60s and the worsening of wellbeing and health..
  • Increasing loneliness due to social distancing was associated with a smaller social network, lower perceived social support and a decrease in wellbeing, the study found..
  • The findings emerge from research launched under the Scottish Government’s Chief Scientist Office Rapid Research in COVID-19 programme in May..
  • Professor Anna Whittaker, of the University’s Faculty of Health Sciences and Sport, led the work and hopes it will help to inform decision-making on the virus and support post-pandemic recovery strategies..
  • We found that a larger social network and better perceived social support seems to be protective against loneliness and poorer health and wellbeing, due to social distancing..
  • Related Stories Greater loneliness was significantly associated with a smaller social network, lower perceived social support, and a decrease in social support frequency, quality, and amount – and a worsening of wellbeing and health..
  • Physical activity Using the same survey data, the research also considered the impact of social distancing on physical activity….

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