The Problem Of Elderly People

2891 Words Nov 18th, 2014 12 Pages
There are a number of population groups vulnerable to loneliness. However, elderly people are often more so targeted by loneliness which is owed to ‘loss of friends and family, loss of mobility or loss of income’.(Saito) Because of this, there has been an increased public concern on the issue of loneliness in senior populations. The statistics on population aging in developed countries are well known. Those aged 60 and above currently account for approximately 20 percent of the population in developed countries and this proportion is expected to rise to 24 percent by 2030. In the next 20 years, the population of those aged over 80 will triple and those over 90 will double.(aging statistics) As the population of the elderly in these countries is rapidly increasing, many seniors will eventually come to live by themselves or in some type of assisted care facility. These include nursing homes, assisted living communities, and retirement communities that provide some health care services. These facilities, which are considered long-term care facilities (LTCF), often restrict the resident’s personal belongings, such as the possession of pets. Because these seniors are stripped of their possessions and sense of home, loneliness is a common outcome of these institutions.
In exploring prevalence of loneliness in the elderly, Holwerda et al, members of the Department of Psychiatry at the ARKIN Institute of Mental Health Care in Amsterdam in the Netherlands, estimated that across the…

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