Social isolation and older men – learning from research

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    Due to an increase in life expectancy and other demographic factors, there is now a larger number of older men and women in our society. At the same time, loneliness and social isolation are increasing. This article draws upon a research project undertaken in 2014 to explore existing services for socially isolated older men in Belfast, and outlines key messages. Firstly, the paper highlights some of the experiences of isolated older men in one region of the UK. Secondly, it provides a review of service provision, providing ‘expert’ knowledge about how these services can affect men’s lives in different ways. Finally, the paper offers recommendations for enhancing the provision of services for socially isolated older men, based on the information gathered throughout the project.


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    Original languageEnglish
    Number of pages17
    Pages (from-to)273-289
    JournalCommunity Development Journal
    Journal publication date05 Apr 2019
    Issue number2
    Early online date17 Jul 2017
    Publication statusPublished - 05 Apr 2019

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