Volume 7, Issue 3 (May & Jun 2017)                   J Research Health 2017, 7(3): 834-840 | Back to browse issues page

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Miri K, Bahrami M, Vafainnya R, Gholamzadeh T. Relationship between feeling of loneliness and activities of daily living among the elderly. J Research Health. 2017; 7 (3) :834-840
URL: http://jrh.gmu.ac.ir/article-1-993-en.html
1- Department of Medical-Surgical Nursing, School of Nursing & Midwifery, Faculty of Torbat Heydariyeh University of Medical Sciences, Torbat Heydariyeh,
2- Department of Nursing and Midwifery, Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, Birjand University of Medical Sciences, Birjand, , mirikheizaran@yahoo.ie
3- Department of Medical-Surgical Nursing, School of Nursing & Midwifery, Student Research Committee, Gonabad University of Medical Sciences, Gonabad, Iran
Abstract:   (3864 Views)

Loneliness is a widespread phenomenon that affects the physical and mental health of the elderly. One of the main issues for the elderly is keeping the independence in daily living activities. Thus, this study was carried out to investigate the relation between the level of loneliness and Activity of Daily Living (ADL) in the elderly. This correlational study included 120 elderly aged more than 60 which were selected using convenience sampling. Data collection instruments were the UCLA-LS (University of California, Los Angeles) 37-item loneliness questionnaire and 20-item activity of daily living questionnaire. The mean score of loneliness and ADL in the elderly participated in this study was 75.4±23.9 and 62.4±15.7, respectively. A significant relationship was observed between loneliness and ADL. This study also showed a significant relation between loneliness and demographic factors such as marital status, education level, living arrangement, having close friends, hearing impairment, and using aiding devices. Regarding the growing population of the elderly in Iran and the role of loneliness in activity of daily living, the supporting and consultation role of nurses along with the ordered and organizational programming from health and wellness improving organizations is highlighted.

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Type of Study: Orginal Article | Subject: Health Promotion
Received: 2015/02/8 | Accepted: 2016/04/4 | Published: 2017/04/24

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