Sumary of Social distancing is increasing loneliness in older adults:
- 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..
- 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….