Reducing loneliness amongst older people: a systematic search and narrative review

Aging Ment Health. 2014;18(6):683-93. doi: 10.1080/13607863.2013.875122. Epub 2014 Jan 17.


Objective: To investigate the effectiveness of recent social therapeutic interventions to reduce loneliness in older people.

Method: To examine this matter, a literature review, using seven databases, was undertaken using search terms relating to the themes of ageing, loneliness and social support. A total of 17 relevant studies relating to loneliness interventions were analysed.

Results: Three studies reporting on new technologies and one on a group work intervention identified significant reductions in loneliness.

Conclusion: Further research into interventions using new technologies to reduce loneliness in older people is recommended.

Keywords: ageing; effectiveness; literature review; loneliness; older people; social isolation; social network; social support.

Publication types

  • Review
  • Systematic Review

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Aging*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Loneliness / psychology*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Social Support*