Loneliness and Social Isolation

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Loneliness and social isolation are associated with reduced quality of life for older people (Farquhar, 1995). The Council proposes that an understanding of these concepts is critical to the development of recommendations and actions that promote social inclusion and quality of life in the third and fourth ages. The present study adds to this understanding as it provides evidence on the prevalence of loneliness and social isolation among a representative sample of older Irish people.

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