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Social Distancing Is Increasing Feelings Of Loneliness In Old People

Engaging in lower physical activity had poorer well-being

New research adds to the growing body of evidence that social distancing introduced in response to Covid-19 is increasing feelings of loneliness in the older population and impacts their well-being.

The study found that increasing loneliness due to social distancing was associated with a smaller social network, lower perceived social support, and a decrease in well-being.  Previous studies have demonstrated the negative impacts of social isolation and loneliness.

“Our study which involved a survey of more than 1,400 older people examined the impact of social distancing during the pandemic on social activity, loneliness, and wellbeing,” said a study author Anna Whittaker, University of Stirling, UK.

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“The majority of survey participants reported that social distancing has made them experience more loneliness, social contact with fewer people, and less social contact overall,” Whittaker added.

The study found that a larger social network and better perceived social support seem to be protective against loneliness and poor health and well-being due to social distancing.

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Fifty-six percent reported that social distancing regulations made them experience more loneliness. Flickr

Of the 1,429 survey participants, 84 percent were 60 years or above and had an average social network of five people. On average, the participants socialized five days per week for more than 6.6 hours per week. Fifty-six percent reported that social distancing regulations made them experience more loneliness.

Greater loneliness was significantly associated with a smaller social network, lower perceived social support, and a decrease in social support frequency, quality, and amount – and a worsening of wellbeing and health.

Using the same survey data, the research also considered the impact of social distancing on physical activity. According to the study, 40 percent of people said they were walking less, compared to before lockdown, and a similar proportion was engaging in less moderate physical activity.

Those who reported engaging in lower physical activity had poorer well-being.

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Individuals who reported no change in moderate physical activity were the most active pre-lockdown and those who reported no change in walking had significantly higher levels of total physical activity pre-lockdown.

“Physical activity engagement during lockdown varied and this study indicates a positive link with wellbeing – supporting the notion that physical activity should be considered an important contributor in recovery strategies targeted for old people,” the authors noted. (IANS)

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