A cognitive intervention to enhance institutionalized older adults' social support networks and decrease loneliness.

@article{Winningham2007ACI,
  title={A cognitive intervention to enhance institutionalized older adults' social support networks and decrease loneliness.},
  author={Robert G Winningham and Nancy Pike},
  journal={Aging & mental health},
  year={2007},
  volume={11 6},
  pages={716-21}
}
Nearly all older adults experience social losses, which can disrupt their social support networks and impair their quality of life. Events such as retirement, an inability to drive, death of a spouse and/or close life-long friends, or moving to an elder care facility may negatively affect the quality of older adults' social support networks. Low levels of perceived social support are associated with increased depression, impaired immune functioning and reduced life expectancy. Moreover, social… CONTINUE READING

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