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Prevalence of loneliness over ten years among the oldest old
Umeå universitet, Medicinska fakulteten, Institutionen för samhällsmedicin och rehabilitering, Geriatrik.
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2017 (Engelska)Ingår i: Scandinavian Journal of Public Health, ISSN 1403-4948, E-ISSN 1651-1905, Vol. 45, nr 4, s. 411-418Artikel i tidskrift (Refereegranskat) Published
Abstract [en]

Aims: This study examined the prevalence of loneliness among the oldest old within a 10-year period and studied the influence of various sociodemographic, social and health characteristics on loneliness.

Methods: The study used population-based data from the Umea85+/GErontological Regional DAtabase-study (GERDA) for the years 2000-2002, 2005-2007 and 2010-2012 including 85-year-old, 90-year-old and 95-year-old participants. A final sample of 304 participants in 2000-2002, 329 participants in 2005-2007 and 401 participants in 2010-2012 was included in the analyses.

Results: Although the level of loneliness was already high in 2000-2002 (49.3% reported frequent loneliness), the results showed limited changes in loneliness during the 10-year study period. Loneliness was closely related to living alone, depressive symptoms and living in institutional settings.

Conclusions: Although societal changes such as solitary living and growing urbanization suggest a changing trend in loneliness, we found that the prevalence of loneliness was relatively stable in this study. Nevertheless, loneliness is common among the oldest old and a focus on social issues related to living arrangements and on depressive symptoms is important in understanding loneliness.

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2017. Vol. 45, nr 4, s. 411-418
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Oldest old, loneliness, trends, Sweden
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Gerontologi, medicinsk/hälsovetenskaplig inriktning
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-136313DOI: 10.1177/1403494817697511ISI: 000402148400011PubMedID: 28381194OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-136313DiVA, id: diva2:1113272
Tillgänglig från: 2017-06-21 Skapad: 2017-06-21 Senast uppdaterad: 2019-05-02Bibliografiskt granskad

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