Title, Synopsis and Publications Investigators and Collaborators
Social Interactions and Loneliness in Older Australian Women
Social isolation and loneliness increase the risk of depression and death and likely represents a greater public health hazard than obesity. Last year, researchers found that Irish and English older adults who reported being not socially isolated but lonely were more likely to have cognitive decline. This example illustrates the adverse health effects of being “alone in a crowd” and how social interactions should be assessed in combination with loneliness. This proposal outlines several key concepts to progress our understanding of how the combination of social isolation and loneliness affects our health and longevity.

Prof Julie Byles
Dr Rosanne Freak-Poli
Dr Joanna McHugh Power
Prof Jane Fisher
Dr Alice Owen
Dr Joanne Ryan
Dr Thach Tran
Mr Sam Brilleman