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Loneliness in Older Persons

Loneliness in Older Persons ORIGINAL INVESTIGATION A Predictor of Functional Decline and Death Scan for Author Audio Interview Carla M. Perissinotto, MD, MHS; Irena Stijacic Cenzer, MA; Kenneth E. Covinsky, MD, MPH Background: Loneliness is a common source of dis- Results: The mean age of subjects was 71 years. Fifty- tress, suffering, and impaired quality of life in older per- nine percent were women; 81% were white, 11%, black, sons. We examined the relationship between loneli- and 6%, Hispanic; and 18% lived alone. Among the el- ness, functional decline, and death in adults older than derly participants, 43% reported feeling lonely. Loneli- 60 years in the United States. ness was associated with all outcome measures. Lonely subjects were more likely to experience decline in ADL Methods: This is a longitudinal cohort study of 1604 (24.8% vs 12.5%; adjusted risk ratio [RR], 1.59; 95% CI, participants in the psychosocial module of the Health and 1.23-2.07); develop difficulties with upper extremity tasks Retirement Study, a nationally representative study of (41.5% vs 28.3%; adjusted RR, 1.28; 95% CI, 1.08- older persons. Baseline assessment was in 2002 and fol- 1.52); experience decline in mobility (38.1% vs 29.4%; low-up assessments occurred every 2 years until 2008. adjusted RR, http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png JAMA Internal Medicine American Medical Association

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American Medical Association
Copyright
Copyright 2012 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.
ISSN
2168-6106
eISSN
2168-6114
DOI
10.1001/archinternmed.2012.1993
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22710744
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Abstract

ORIGINAL INVESTIGATION A Predictor of Functional Decline and Death Scan for Author Audio Interview Carla M. Perissinotto, MD, MHS; Irena Stijacic Cenzer, MA; Kenneth E. Covinsky, MD, MPH Background: Loneliness is a common source of dis- Results: The mean age of subjects was 71 years. Fifty- tress, suffering, and impaired quality of life in older per- nine percent were women; 81% were white, 11%, black, sons. We examined the relationship between loneli- and 6%, Hispanic; and 18% lived alone. Among the el- ness, functional decline, and death in adults older than derly participants, 43% reported feeling lonely. Loneli- 60 years in the United States. ness was associated with all outcome measures. Lonely subjects were more likely to experience decline in ADL Methods: This is a longitudinal cohort study of 1604 (24.8% vs 12.5%; adjusted risk ratio [RR], 1.59; 95% CI, participants in the psychosocial module of the Health and 1.23-2.07); develop difficulties with upper extremity tasks Retirement Study, a nationally representative study of (41.5% vs 28.3%; adjusted RR, 1.28; 95% CI, 1.08- older persons. Baseline assessment was in 2002 and fol- 1.52); experience decline in mobility (38.1% vs 29.4%; low-up assessments occurred every 2 years until 2008. adjusted RR,

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JAMA Internal MedicineAmerican Medical Association

Published: Jul 23, 2012

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