The background

Loneliness in its existential form runs much deeper than social and physical loneliness and is described as an unavoidable condition of humanity

Loneliness among older people is a growing issue globally, even if the numbers are difficult to estimate as loneliness most commonly is measured as social loneliness only. Social loneliness embraces social aspects needs for human relationships and is often measured in the form of the number of contacts someone has, how extensive the social network is, cohabitation or not, etc.

Even if other people surround you, you can experience profound loneliness in its existential form. Existential loneliness is usually described in association with death, dying, and cancer when questions about the meaning of life come to the fore. Studies involving health
care staff (physicians, registered nurses, assistant nurses, social workers, physio- and occupational therapists) shows that the staff’s encounter with older people’s existential loneliness was experienced as both meaningful and challenging.

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23 Mar 2020
SOLITUDE AMONG OLDER PERSONS: A GROWING ISSUE
Loneliness among older people is a growing issue globally, even if the numbers are difficult to estimate as loneliness most commonly is measured as social loneliness only. Social loneliness
23 Feb 2020
COMBACTING EXISTENTIAL LONELINESS AMONG OLDER PERSONS: A NEW EUROPEAN PROJECT JUST LAUNCHED
Loneliness among older people is a growing issue globally, even if the numbers are difficult to estimate. This is indeed the goal of the ALONE project, funded by the European Union under
15 Gen 2020
Kick off meeting in Lodz (Poland)
A new and very interesting project on existential loneliness affecting vulnerable groups and elderly people. The meeting was an opportunity for project partners to get to know each other, le...