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.