Addressing loneliness in a retirement village community: A pilot test of a print-delivered intervention

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Title Addressing loneliness in a retirement village community: A pilot test of a print-delivered intervention
Author Gracia, Natalie; Moyle, Wendy; Oxlade, Deborah; Radford, Katrina
Journal Name Australasian Journal on Ageing
Year Published 2010
Place of publication Australia
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Abstract Aim:  To explore perceptions of a self-help print-delivered intervention aimed at encouraging social well-being and addressing loneliness in a retirement village community. Method:  A total of 58 residents of an Australian retirement village received a series of five factsheets addressing various dimensions of loneliness. Results:  The factsheets raised awareness of the importance of social well-being and loneliness. However, the approach was considered difficult to update and was not appropriate for those from a non-English speaking background or with vision impairments. The non-face-to-face approach also was unable to address issues of loneliness associated with bereavement. Conclusion:  This form of intervention offers a cost-effective way to raise awareness of loneliness and social well-being in a retirement village community when issues of updating and presentation of information are taken into consideration.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1741-6612.2010.00442.x
Volume 29
Issue Number 4
Page from 179
Page to 182
ISSN 1741-6612
Date Accessioned 2010-12-13
Date Available 2013-09-19T23:09:44Z
Language en_US
Research Centre Centre for Health Practice Innovation; Griffith Health Institute
Faculty Griffith Health Faculty
Subject Aged Care Nursing
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/35644
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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