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dc.contributor.advisorIlu, Musa
dc.contributor.advisorPutnam, Janice
dc.contributor.advisorLong Walker, JoAnne C.
dc.contributor.authorAkinbohun, Patricia U.
dc.date.accessioned2015-07-30T14:12:57Z
dc.date.available2015-07-30T14:12:57Z
dc.date.issued2015-07-30
dc.date.submitted2015-Spring
dc.identifier.urihttp://centralspace.ucmo.edu/handle/123456789/406
dc.descriptionIncludes bibliographical references (pages 63-75)en_US
dc.description.abstractThe issue of loneliness is of great concern in the lives of the older adults. Few studies have examined the enormous impact of loneliness in the life of the older adults residing in long-term care facilities (LTCFs) in the American Midwest, as well as the programs established to alleviate loneliness. This study examined the programs that address the issues of loneliness in the life of the older adults residing in LTCF in the Midwest. Data was collected from seven LTCFs through semi-structured qualitative interviews, and was analyzed using phenomenon-based thematic analysis. Findings revealed that none of the facilities have any specific constructive strategic program to alleviate loneliness besides the use of companion animals by their residents. Conclusions from this study indicated that caregivers working with the older adults in LTCFs should embark in setting up meaningful strategic programs such as music, humor, and reminiscence therapy; social support programs; animal assisted therapy and the use of robotic companion animals; elders-helping-elders programs; recreational therapy; Information and communication technology (ICT); and Eden Alternative (AE) program, which will help in combating loneliness among the older adults.en_US
dc.format.extent1 PDF (viii, 87 pages)en_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.subjectThesis -- Loneliness in old age.en_US
dc.subject.lcshLoneliness in old age.en_US
dc.subject.lcshOlder people -- Long-term care -- United States.en_US
dc.subject.lcshLong-term care facilities.en_US
dc.titleLoneliness Among Older Adults and Proposed Strategic Program for Interventionen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.degree.disciplineSocial Gerontologyen_US
dc.degree.grantorUniversity of Central Missourien_US
dc.degree.nameM.S.en_US
dc.degree.levelMastersen_US


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