Attitudes toward aging and loneliness among older adults: A mixed methods study

Perspect Psychiatr Care. 2021 Oct;57(4):1838-1845. doi: 10.1111/ppc.12757. Epub 2021 Mar 2.

Abstract

Purpose: The purpose of this study was to comprehensively investigate attitudes toward aging and loneliness in Turkish older adults living at a nursing home (n = 110).

Design and methods: A convergent mixed methods design was used. Data were collected using Europe-attitudes to aging questionnaire (AAQ) and De Jong Gierveld loneliness scale (DJGLS); and through semi structured interviews.

Findings: The participants obtained mean scores of 19.98 ± 3.0 on the DJGLS and 71.84 ± 7.7 on the AAQ.

Practice implications: Healthcare professionals should improve their awareness about nursing home-dwelling older adults' attitudes toward aging and their experiences of loneliness so that they are better informed to address these issues and develop appropriate interventions that foster adaptive coping strategies.

Keywords: aging; attitude; loneliness; nursing home; older adults.

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Aging*
  • Attitude
  • Humans
  • Loneliness*
  • Nursing Homes
  • Surveys and Questionnaires