Isolation and Mental Health of the Elderly Population

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Zoe Cap
Anjanette Wells


Record ID: 147

Student Major: Social Work 

Project Advisor: Anjanette Wells

Abstract: Isolation within the elderly population is a prevalent and increasing problem. A elderly person can feel isolated as a result of several factors including lack of loved ones, physical inability, or location. It is important to understand what leads to elderly isolation, how isolation affects them, and how this can be addressed. The goal of my research was to observe and interview residents of Brookwood Retirement Community regarding their isolation and mental health. The residents I interviewed and observed were Long-Term Care residents meaning they receive 24-hour nursing care and reside in the facility full time. I focused on asking them interview questions regarding their overall mood, what they enjoyed and pursued prior to living in our facility, what they enjoy within the facility, and what they feel would improve their overall mood and socialization. The outcome of my research shows that resident's overall mood would increase with more activities, one-on-one interactions, and stimulation. If residents are having more interactions and activities their isolation reduces and they are overall happier. The outcome of the research will allow the facility to address the residents needs and give them ideas to work towards improving the resident's quality of life. The outcomes are able to provide feedback of how to reduces isolation and therefore lower anxiety and depression in the elderly population. 

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Category: Mental Health & Human Behavior
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Zoe Cap

Student Major: Social Work