Loneliness among elderly people living in Stockholm: a population study experienced loneliness, and a higher percentage was found among women. A gradual increase in loneliness was found up to the age of 90, after which a levelling was found. Elderly persons living together with a partner experienced less loneliness. There were no significant differences between those with and without children. Ten per cent reported not having any friends and, of these, one out of two experienced loneliness. A high frequency of experienced loneliness was found among elderly people with reduced cognitive function. Subjectively experienced bad health and loneliness were strongly related to each other, i.e. a person who experienced loneliness did usually not feel completely healthy.
Holmen K; Ericsson K; Andersson L; Winblad B; Journal of Advanced Nursing, 1992, vol. 17, issue 1, p 43, ISSN 03092402. ISBN 03092402.
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