Loneliness/Isolation, Older Adulthood

  • Melanie Gironda
  • James Lubben


Loneliness and social isolation have been shown to be of increasing significance to the quality of life among older populations. Research on loneliness has greatly expanded in the last 25 years since the seminal work on loneliness by Weiss (1973). The groundbreaking study by Berkman and Syme (1979) demonstrating that social isolation was associated with increased mortality spawned a surge in research on social support networks. This entry provides a conceptual framework for distinguishing between loneliness and social isolation as well as to provide the reader with current theories to explain loneliness and social isolation among aging populations. Finally, this entry delineates the state of the art in terms of prevention strategies for combating loneliness and social isolation among older adults.


Social Support Social Network Social Isolation Social Support Network Social Loneliness 
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