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News Society Older people 'Most of these elderly people have a simple need – not to be on their own'

For thousands of isolated older people whose families are far away and whose council help has been cut, innovative community schemes are tackling the ‘generation strain’ of lonelinessare

 

Eric Clayton, kneeling, with volunteer Brian Slack on their allotment at Garforth, Leeds.

Richard, 79, a retired railway engineer in the Midlands, is cheerful and courteous on Good Friday as he explains that since the council axed the Dial-a-Ride scheme his social life, including a lunch club, shopping and outings, has been reduced to a single visit each week to church. A neurological condition means that Richard (not his real name) needs a wheelchair. A member of the congregation comes to push him the short distance to church. “I’m extremely lucky in that respect,” he says. Richard is now confined to his room in his sheltered accommodation, six days out of seven. A reduction in staff from six to two also means that his fellow residents are unknown to each other, as there is no extra help to arrange social events.

Internet Use Can Reduce Depression Risk in Elderly

Can reduce the chances of depression by more than 30 percent.

By Senior News Editor
Reviewed by John M. Grohol, Psy.D.

on April 18, 2014

Internet Use Can Reduce Depression Risk in ElderlyLoneliness can fuel depression in older adults, and experts estimate that as many as 10 million older Americans suffer from depression.

Now, a new study suggests information technology, specifically use of the Internet, among the elderly can reduce the chances of depression by more than 30 percent.

Researchers followed the lives of thousands of retired older Americans reviewing data collected by the Health and Retirement Survey — a survey collecting information from more than 22,000 older Americans every two years.

“The 30 percent reduction is a very strong effect,” said Shelia Cotten, Ph.D., a Michigan State University professor of telecommunication, information studies and media who led the project.

“And it all has to do with older persons being able to communicate, to stay in contact with their social networks, and just not feel lonely.”

Elderly who lose interest in pastimes could be at risk of Alzheimer's Disease

Apathy towards hobbies in old age could be a sign of dementia, scientists warn

 

A study showed elderly people who are apathetic but not suffering depression have shrinking amounts of grey and white matter

Losing interest in hobbies and other activities in older age could be an early sign of dementia, according to scientists.

Apathy in older people suggests a loss of grey matter and offers doctors a new tool with which to identify a group of the population at risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.

A study showed elderly people who are apathetic but not suffering depression have shrinking amounts of grey and white matter – neurons in the brain that control memory and communication respectively.

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