9th Conference European Sociological Association

RN01 Ageing in Europe

2009-09-04 09:00:00 2009-09-04 10:30:00 Friday, 4 September 09:00 - 10:30 The Influence of Family Structures on Providing Informal Care Building II, C5.06

Loneliness and social isolation of older Poles

Aims:
- To recognize the problem of loneliness and isolation of older people in Poland
- To identify causes of loneliness and isolation of older people
- To understand the cultural differences of the loneliness and isolation
- To identify possibilities of overcoming loneliness and isolations of older persons


Methods:
- desk research
- Individual in-depth interviews with 15 older people over 65 years,
- 3 Focus groups with older people and service providers
- CATI representative sample (1000 persons) of older adults age 65+

Results:
- Research in progress (projected end date: IV/V 2009)
- Initial results point to a crucial role of the emotional state of seniors and their income level. These results have been checked for factors limiting loneliness, such as family contact, friends and hobbies.