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Commentary on: Victor CR, Rippon I, Nelis SM, et al. Prevalence and determinants of loneliness in people living with dementia: Findings from the IDEAL programme. Int J Geriatr Psychiatry 2020; 851–8. doi:10.1002/gps.5305
Implications for practice and research
Addressing depressive symptoms may potentially benefit individuals by reducing their likelihood to experience loneliness.
Interventions implemented to prevent and counteract loneliness should be tailored to the specific needs of individuals with dementia.
Future research should consider not only dementia-specific and generally established risk factors for loneliness but also investigate the quality of the relationships between people, possibly with a longitudinal study design.
Dementia affects about 50 million individuals worldwide, and this is projected to triple in the next three decades.1 One-third of people with dementia reports experiencing loneliness,2 which is the discrepancy between an individual’s expectations about his/her own relationships, and what …
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