New position paper: 'Dementia and Loneliness'
We have published a new policy position paper ‘Dementia and Loneliness’ that reflects the experiences of loneliness for people living with dementia, how loneliness can be attributed to a lack of supports and services, and the public awareness and understanding of dementia.
In addition to a literature review, interviews were conducted with individuals over the age of 55 living at home with a dementia diagnosis to understand whether people living with dementia felt lonely as their lives progressed and their conditions worsened.
The report indicates that loneliness is not necessarily caused by being alone, but by being without some definite needed relationship or set of relationships or indeed the availability of local supports and services. The study, in particular, found that access to home care support and public nurses enabled families to manage living life with dementia and by the same token, however, the difficulties of securing these supports were a source of anxiety, frustration, and loneliness.