[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: More than 90% of people with aphasia feel isolated, which can lead to physical illness, depression, and suicide. We sought to determine whether loneliness differs between people with and without aphasia, and, if so, to identify treatable factors associated with loneliness in people with aphasia. We found that participants with aphasia were significantly lonelier than controls; that perceived frequency of social support was significantly related with loneliness only in controls; and, that participants with aphasia reported a significantly diminished sense of belonging. No demographic or stroke-related variables were linked with loneliness in our samples. Suggestions for treatment research are offered.
Clinical Aphasiology Conference, Jackson Hole, WY; 05/2008
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Pet ownership is thought to make a positive contribution to health, health behaviours and the general well-being of older people. More specifically pet ownership is often proposed as a solution to the problem of loneliness in later life and specific 'pet based' interventions have been developed to combat loneliness. However the evidence to support this relationship is slim and it is assumed that pet ownership is a protection against loneliness rather than a response to loneliness. The aim of this paper is to examine the association between pet ownership and loneliness by exploring if pet ownership is a response to, or protection against, loneliness using Waves 0-5 from the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA).
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Human beings are social species which require safe and secure social surroundings to survive. Satisfying social relationships are essential for mental and physical well beings. Impaired social relationship can lead to loneliness. Since the time of dawn, loneliness is perceived as a global human phenomenon. Loneliness can lead to various psychiatric disorders like depression, alcohol abuse, child abuse, sleep problems, personality disorders and Alzheimer's disease. It also leads to various physical disorders like diabetes, autoimmune disorders like rheumatoid arthritis, lupus and cardiovascular diseases like coronary heart disease, hypertension (HTN), obesity, physiological aging, cancer, poor hearing and poor health. Left untended, loneliness can have serious consequences for mental and physical health of people. Therefore it is important to intervene at the right time to prevent loneliness, so that physical and mental health of patients is maintained.
Journal of clinical and diagnostic research : JCDR. 09/2014; 8(9):WE01-4.
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