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UCSD study
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ith the rise of older adults increasingly moving into senior living or retirement communities, as well as the aging of the baby boomer generation, researchers at University of California San Diego (UCSD) School of
Medicine sought to identify the common characteristics of residents who feel lonely
in these environments. The study, "Qualitative Study of Loneliness in a Senior Housing Community: The Importance of Wisdom and Other Coping Strategies," was
published online in January in Aging and Mental Health.
Researchers conducted interviews between April 2018 and August 2019 with 30
adults ages 67 to 92, part of an overall study evaluating the mental, physical, and
cognitive functions of 100 seniors living in the independent living neighborhood of a
San Diego senior housing community. In this communal setting, 85 percent of the
residents reported moderate to severe levels of loneliness. "Loneliness is subjective," Dr. Dilip V. Jeste, senior associate dean for the Center of Healthy Aging and
distinguished professor of psychiatry and neurosciences at UCSD School of Medicine and senior author of the study, said in a release. "Different people feel lonely for
different reasons despite having opportunities and resources for socialization. This
is not a one-size-fits-all topic."
The authors noted several risk factors contributing to feelings of loneliness,
including age-associated losses such as the deaths of spouses, siblings, and
friends; inadequate social skills; and lack of purpose in life. As more of the population reaches age 65 and older, Jeste said it's important to address the well-being of
seniors. "Our study is relevant to better understand loneliness within senior housing
and other settings to so we can develop effective interventions," he said.-AD EFA

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