Is it possible to feel lonely in a nursing home?

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We often talk about the loneliness of those individuals, who live alone in their own home. But what about those who live in a nursing home, can they be lonely even thought they are surrounded by other elderly and the staff?

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Reducing loneliness and isolation

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Loneliness carries a stigma, so we don’t easily admit that we are lonely and it’s hard to ask for help. However, most of us have experienced loneliness at some point. We should always listen if someone tells us they’re lonely; it can be a rare opportunity for them to tell how they are feeling and have someone listen to them. The loneliness of the elderly is usually caused by some life event, like a death of a spouse, divorce, retirement or a sickness. In addition to lending a listening ear, an older person might need someone, who helps them to go to and take part in different activities and social functions.

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Loneliness among the elderly

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Humans are creatures that need to socialize with others, and the connection we have with each other allows us to survive. Still, there are multiple lonely seniors in Finland. There are many reasons for loneliness, for example a death of a spouse, sickness or retiring. All seniors don’t have children or grandchildren, they live far or they are not in contact with each other.

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