Do experiences of loneliness differ across the lifespan?

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Gemma Wilson-Menzfeld and Alison Osborne review a nationally representative US survey which finds that loneliness affects people of all ages; particularly young adults, people in middle age, and also very old age.

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How are loneliness, social isolation and frailty linked with age?

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Clarissa Giebel explores a recent prospective study using data from the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA), which looks at the longitudinal relationship between loneliness, social isolation, and frailty in older adults in England.

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How do older Black Caribbean adults view seeking help for depression in the UK?

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Maisha Kroll reviews a recent qualitative study exploring the help-seeking views relating to depression among older Black Caribbean adults living in the UK.

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Metacognitive therapy for depressive symptoms in cardiac patients: new findings from the PATHWAY trial

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Lydia Poole reviews a recent randomised controlled trial evaluating group metacognitive therapy for depression and anxiety in cardiac patients.

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Inequalities in accessing dementia care and support during COVID-19

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Catherine Talbot reviews a recent qualitative study on accessing post-diagnostic dementia care before and since COVID-19, which highlights the need to reduce inequalities in dementia care.

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Volunteering in later life: good for our physical health, but more evidence needed on mental health

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Sophie Large summarises a recent Campbell Systematic Review, which explores the impact of volunteering on the physical and mental health of older volunteers.

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Psychotherapy for depression across different age groups

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David Hallford summarises a recent systematic review and meta-analysis on the effectiveness of psychotherapy for depression across the lifespan.

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Older people who self-harm: the added complication of comorbidities

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In her debut blog, Pooja Saini summarises a recent qualitative study that explored access to care for older adults who self-harm. The blog contains some excellent recommendations for primary care professionals and policy-makers.

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Music to reduce anxiety and increase comfort among older people in care homes

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Hilary Shepherd appraises and summarises a recent Turkish randomised controlled trial, which explores the effect that music can have on the comfort and anxiety levels of older adults living in a nursing home.

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Too much TV is associated with decline in verbal memory

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Sarah Gregory summarises findings from a large dataset analysis which explores the relationship between watching television and later cognitive decline.

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