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A world of social interaction for all

Laura Ferguson (Director, Campaign to End Loneliness, London, UK)

Quality in Ageing and Older Adults

ISSN: 1471-7794

Article publication date: 9 March 2015

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to highlight the actions needed and organisations to make a difference to the problem of loneliness in old age.

Design/methodology/approach

Draws on the work of the Campaign to End Loneliness in collaboration with hundreds of organisations worldwide to document what has been done so far and to provide exemplars and imagined case studies based on collected experience to identify potential relevant actions.

Findings

Many hundreds of organisations worldwide are recognising the need to support older peoples’ connections and abilities to engage with their communities. However, these need to be better mapped and coordinated.

Practical implications

Innovative work is already being done to tackle loneliness needs to be more systematically supported and promoted.

Originality/value

Identifies how much has already changed in terms of recognising and addressing loneliness but that a more comprehensive approach to support is needed.

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Citation

Ferguson, L. (2015), "A world of social interaction for all", Quality in Ageing and Older Adults, Vol. 16 No. 1, pp. 44-53. https://doi.org/10.1108/QAOA-11-2014-0032

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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