Loneliness in Older Adults

Loneliness in Older Adults

Effects, Prevention, and Treatment

1st Edition - June 17, 2022

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  • Author: Luis Rondon Garcia
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780323916592

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Loneliness in Older Adults: Effects, Prevention, and Treatment analyzes loneliness as a complex phenomenon, taking into account the most recent contributions from neuroscience, psychology, medicine and sociology. This volume describes this phenomenon from an interdisciplinary point of view, with special emphasis on older people from a plural and heterogeneous perspective: older people in general, older immigrants, older women, older LGTBI, etc. Faced with the impact of this emerging issue, this book provides a comprehensive knowledge of loneliness, contributing scientific knowledge to the practice of evidence. Tools are also provided for professionals, providing intervention protocols with debates and proposals, and effective digital resources to combat it. Tables, images, and tools guide students, academics, and professionals step-by-step in solving the cases raised, through an integrated practice. There is no work that develops this theme from such a plural and pragmatic perspective, covering all the dimensions of loneliness in each of the thematic axes: psychological, neurological, social, and health. Readers are provided feedback for all the knowledge for a comprehensive scientific knowledge based on evidence and given the necessary instrumental skills related to being social and the functioning of our brain. This book is aimed at a very plural audience of researchers, academics and professionals in the social and behavioral sciences including psychologists, sociologists, social workers, anthropologists, and also professionals in the health sciences, among others.

Key Features

  • Delivers a tutorial introduction that addresses real cases
  • Applies theory to practice from an interdisciplinary perspective
  • Provides tools (chapter introductions, measurement tools, and teaching resources) for a comprehensive approach to individual situations
  • Compares intervention protocols to allow users to select the most effective technique


Cognitive neuroscientists, psychologists, geriatricians, gerontologists

Table of Contents

  • 1. Loneliness in aging: Conceptual approach, typology and characteristics
    2. Explanatory models for the cognitive approach to loneliness
    3. Neuroscience: towards the construction of interactive bridges against loneliness.
    4. The paradigm of active aging in the prevention of loneliness
    5. Psychosocial variables related to the maintenance of loneliness in the elderly
    6. The impact of social relationships as preventive mechanisms on loneliness and quality of life of the elderly
    7. Loneliness from a plural point of view: immigrants, women, dependents, LGTBI
    8. Design of intervention in programs, accompaniment actions and prevention of loneliness in the elderly
    9. Measurement tools and resources for the prevention of loneliness

Product details

  • No. of pages: 185
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2022
  • Published: June 17, 2022
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780323916592

About the Author

Luis Rondon Garcia

With 25 years’ teaching and research experience, in several Spanish universities, Dr. Rondón García is a Professor at the University of Malaga. He was the recipient of the 2018 Scientific Prize in social and behavioral sciences, awarded by the Spanish Society of Geriatrics and Gerontology. He has directed research projects and participated as a researcher nationally in Spain and internationally in Europe, and has directed three doctoral theses on loneliness and quality of life in the elderly. He has directed research contracts on loneliness in the elderly with the Vitalia business group, the Spanish Red Cross, and the Public School of Health in Andalusia. He has national and international publications in SJR and JCR indexed journals and in international publishers such as Elsevier, Springer, Thomson Reuters. He has participated as an advisor in the council of social policies regarding the elderly for the government of Andalusia.

Affiliations and Expertise

Full professor, Psychology, University of Malaga, Spain

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