Dementia and loneliness: an Australian perspective

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Title Dementia and loneliness: an Australian perspective
Author Moyle, Wendy; Kellett, Ursula Marie; Ballantyne, Alison; Gracia, Natalie
Journal Name Journal of Clinical Nursing
Year Published 2011
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
Abstract Aim.  To explore the perceptions of loneliness according to people with early-stage dementia, living in community and long-term care and also the views of their family carers. Background.  Research that specifically explores the influence of loneliness on dementia is limited and indicates the prevalence of loneliness and the negative relationship between loneliness and cognitive decline. There is a paucity of research that explores loneliness from the perspective of the person with dementia. Design.  A descriptive exploratory qualitative approach was used. Methods.  Data were collected through semi-structured audio-taped interviews. A purposive sample of 70 people with a diagnosis or probable dementia and 73 family carers were recruited from community and long-term care from South East Queensland, Australia. Results.  Four themes were identified: staying connected to others; losing the ability to socially engage; experiencing loneliness; and overcoming loneliness. The results emphasise the importance of familiar human relationships in reducing the feelings of loneliness in people experiencing dementia. Conclusions.  People with dementia are at risk of loneliness, but placing them with unfamiliar people and environments may not improve their situation.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI
Volume 29
Issue Number 9-10
Page from 1445
Page to 1453
ISSN 1365-2702
Date Accessioned 2011-06-20
Language en_AU
Research Centre Centre for Health Practice Innovation; Menzies Health Institute Qld
Faculty Griffith Health Faculty
Subject Aged Care Nursing
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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