Addressing loneliness in a retirement village community: A pilot test of a print-delivered intervention
Article first published online: 9 DEC 2010
© 2010 The Authors; Australasian Journal on Ageing © 2010 ACOTA
Australasian Journal on Ageing
Volume 29, Issue 4, pages 179–182, December 2010
How to Cite
Gracia, N., Moyle, W., Oxlade, D. and Radford, K. (2010), Addressing loneliness in a retirement village community: A pilot test of a print-delivered intervention. Australasian Journal on Ageing, 29: 179–182. doi: 10.1111/j.1741-6612.2010.00442.x
- Issue published online: 9 DEC 2010
- Article first published online: 9 DEC 2010
- older people;
- retirement village;
Aim: To explore perceptions of a self-help print-delivered intervention aimed at encouraging social well-being and addressing loneliness in a retirement village community.
Method: A total of 58 residents of an Australian retirement village received a series of five factsheets addressing various dimensions of loneliness.
Results: The factsheets raised awareness of the importance of social well-being and loneliness. However, the approach was considered difficult to update and was not appropriate for those from a non-English speaking background or with vision impairments. The non-face-to-face approach also was unable to address issues of loneliness associated with bereavement.
Conclusion: This form of intervention offers a cost-effective way to raise awareness of loneliness and social well-being in a retirement village community when issues of updating and presentation of information are taken into consideration.