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Seniors’ Social Isolation: A Scoping Study

Ferrara, H. (2009) Seniors’ Social Isolation: A Scoping Study. Centre for Social and Community Research, Murdoch University, Perth, Western Australia.

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    Abstract

    Given a number of varying factors, seniors have a higher risk of being socially isolated. This in turn has extensive ramifications on their health and well‐being, which then impacts on society as a whole. This scoping study focuses on the social isolation of seniors and, through the interviewing of seniors and the integrating of their voices with existing local research as well as national and international research, explores viable ways of addressing it. The resulting findings suggest that while social isolation is a very complex issue, it is nonetheless important to look at it and address it in its full context of intergenerational living within society. This approach also leads to positive implications for the advancement of policy that can be both specific (as in related to individuals) and comprehensive (remaining within context).

    Publication Type: Report
    Murdoch Affiliation: Centre for Social and Community Research
    Publisher: Centre for Social and Community Research, Murdoch University
    Copyright: Centre for Social and Community Research, Murdoch University
    Notes: Commissioned by COTA (Council on the Ageing) and funded by the WA Department for Communities
    URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/10994
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