The Effect of Social Isolation and Loneliness on the Welfare of the Elderly: A Case Study of Kabale Municipality.
This study aimed to understand the effect of social isolation and loneliness on the well-being of the elderly in Kabale Municipality social work and successful aging in Kabale Municipality. Both qualitative and quantitative approaches were applied in the study and content analysis was undertaken. Data analysis began with reviewing literature repeatedly to acquire themes by highlighting the accurate content meaning. The main results of this study From the study findings the demographic characteristics of respondents conclude that old age increases with age and the majority of the elderly respondents involved in the study are females due to their life expectancy. Factors leading to social isolation and loneliness among the elderly in Kabale Municipality included; living alone, being unmarried, having inadequate family relations or support, having lower income and assets, and having poorer physical and mental health. having lower educational attainment, socioeconomic status, social environmental factors (limited access to transportation, housing situation living in private residence, and others. The study also concludes that loneliness affects elderly people. Due to such challenges, the study concludes that there is an urgent need for social gerontologists and other health and social service professionals to design and implement a variety of interventions in Kabale Municipality, therefore there is an urgent need for intervention. However, respondents pointed out some interventions to help the elderly. There is a need for social gerontologists and other health and social service professionals in Kabale Municipality, to provide Long Term Care Facilities (L TCFs) in Kaba le Municipality. considering health promotion services and activities will be important in providing support to develop, improve and maintain social contacts and mental well-being, loneliness should be taken into consideration simultaneously; the concept has to be increasingly acknowledged in international policy and in some national health strategies.
Effect, Social Isolation, Loneliness, Welfare, Elderly, Kabale Municipality
Kyarikunda, Jennifer (2023). The Effect of Social Isolation and Loneliness on the Welfare of the Elderly: A Case Study of Kabale Municipality. Kabale: Kabale University.