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Commentary on: Umoh ME, Prichett L, Boyd CM, Cudjoe TKM. Impact of technology on social isolation: Longitudinal analysis from the National Health Aging Trends Study. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2023 Apr;71(4):1117–1123. doi: 10.1111/jgs.18179. Epub 2022 Dec 15.
Implications for practice and research
Developing and implementing targeted and integrated community-based interventions that supports steady assessment of technology access and use are required to diminish social isolation among seniors and enhance their overall quality of life.
Future research should focus on assessing the efficacy of technology-based interventions and advancing digital technologies to reduce social isolation among older adults.
Social isolation is a fundamental public health problem, and it has significant negative effect on the healthcare system along with surge in ageing population.1–3 Furthermore, social isolation is linked with increased mortality rate, cognitive and functional decline among older adults.1 …
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