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Social loneliness amongst older adults : creating an overview of local social activities to decrease loneliness

Sprenkels, B. (2020) Social loneliness amongst older adults : creating an overview of local social activities to decrease loneliness.

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Abstract:This research is about designing and evaluating an overview of local social activities for older adults. The purpose is to benefit the reduction of loneliness in the long term. Loneliness among older adults is a serious problem. A big part of the population of older adults aged 65 or older report to feel lonely. Loneliness is very subjective and can not be predicted. Older adults do have an increased risk of feeling lonely due to age-related aspects such as a decreased mobility, grief and many other factors. The methods used in this research are semi-structured interviews, observation, a questionnaire and unstructured conversations. From these methods, it became apparent that older adults can learn to use technology. Therefore, a website is a suitable platform. The prototype is evaluated among the target audience three times, to ensure all essential elements are present on the screens. The finished prototype can serve as a proven starting point to develop a functioning website. From here, further steps can be taken to bring more people together and give older adults more control over their social activity.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:EEMCS: Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
Subject:01 general works, 10 humanities in general
Programme:Creative Technology BSc (50447)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/82518
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