WHAT THIS MEANS FOR YOU: Interviews were conducted with 38 older adults in rural villages and AL communities in the Netherlands to compare the effect of social frailty, measured by access to social resources and activities that fulfill social needs. Social frailty is the actual or potential loss of social resources and activities over time, leading to loneliness and isolation. Older adults who live independently in their own communities experienced self-reported loneliness, while those living in AL communities reported higher participation in social activities. Therefore, for some older adults, a residential setting may be preferable to aging in place to address loneliness and social frailty.
Assisted living facilities are presented as the older person’s home but, at the same time, defined by institutional and communal characteristics. Using Goffman’s (1974/1986) concept of frame, we aim to find out how home, institution and community frames define social roles and shape social relationships and interaction in assisted living facilities. Directed content analysis was […]
Age-related changes shape social connectedness, isolation and loneliness among older adults. Ageing often accompanies decisions about ageing in place or moving (i.e. senior living facility). Scant research compares these two living arrangements and even sparser research focuses on older women. This study, thus, poses the following questions: How do older women (aged 75+ years) experience […]
Given an observed tension between perceived privacy restrictions and meaningful social connection in assisted living (AL) and using a relational perspective, we conducted a secondary thematic analysis of health information sharing practices among residents and their care partners in one large urban AL community in metropolitan Atlanta. Data included in-depth interviews with residents (n = […]
WHAT THIS MEANS FOR YOU: A pilot study investigated the effectiveness of virtual compassionate presence (CP) sessions in reducing loneliness and isolation among older adults in AL when facilitated by college students trained in CP. CP involves deep, attentive, and nonjudgmental listening while being fully present. Eighteen older adults participated in CP sessions over 10 weeks and were interviewed 2 months after the last session. Semi-structured interview results revealed a self-reported decrease in participants’ feelings of isolation and loneliness and an increase in overall mood.
The purpose of this study was to investigate responses to death at multiple levels within the assisted living (AL) system and to characterize the psychosocial impact of death on surviving residents. This study used secondary thematic analysis of multiple data sources collected as part of a larger quantitative-focused study with 21 ALs. Data sources included: […]
Background and Objectives Persons living with dementia, including long-term care residents, and their care partners emphasize the importance of meaningful engagement and stress the need for activity and opportunities to go outdoors or offsite. Yet, little is known about getting out in this population. Here, our objectives are to (a) identify residents’ opportunities for, and […]
WHAT THIS MEANS FOR YOU: A systematic review showed that from 2015 to 2020, older adults in AL or retirement communities who had stronger social connections experienced improved health, and that over-reliance on only family for social interactions was associated with loneliness. Related recommendations to reduce loneliness include fostering diverse social networks and overcoming barriers like the inability to select roommates, lack of phone access, and potentially isolating community layouts.