The Alzheimer’s Society has called on members of the public to visit friends and relatives with dementia regularly, to preserve some level of social engagement and help them to participate in meaningful activities.
Dementia loved ones ‘benefit from visits’. London: BBC Health News, January 1st 2016.
This relates to:
64% of people living with dementia feel isolated following a diagnosis. London [Online]: Alzheimer’s Society, January 1st 2016.
NHS top doctor says ‘don’t let elderly be lonely this Christmas’. London: NHS England, December 23rd 2015.
This may have had a short-term positive impact on hospital admissions:
Pym, H. (2016). A ‘good Christmas’ for the NHS – but what’s to come? London: BBC Health News, January 8th 2016.
Boredom, considered (primarily, but not exclusively, in an Indian context) as the absence of meaningful activity and occupation:
Bantwal, P. (2016). Existence of boredom among the elderly: the need to further explore the concept. Journal of Geriatric Care and Research. December 2016, 3(2): 49-50.