Project Everyone At the Table: The Development and Evaluation of a Feasibility Trial Designed to Reduce the Risk of Loneliness in Older Adults

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Abstract

Loneliness and social isolation are of increasing concern across all population groups, but particularly so for those aged over 65 years (Courtin & Knapp 2017). Older adults in the community are at particular risk of experiencing social isolation. Structured, shared eating occasions present one such potential opportunity for mitigating the risk of loneliness in older adult populations (Dunbar 2017; Ochs & Shohet 2016). Project Everyone At the Table (E.A.T.) set out to determine the feasibility of running a shared lunch program for community-residing older individuals who are identified at risk of loneliness and/or social isolation. The objectives of this study were to determine the feasibility, acceptability and logistics of running a 12-week shared lunch program for older adults residing in the community in South Australia.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherFlinders University
Number of pages28
Place of PublicationAdelaide, South Australia
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2023

Keywords

  • Loneliness
  • Older adults
  • Social isolation
  • Shared lunch program

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