Wykład "Reducing Social Isolation and Loneliness among Older Citizens"

Instytut Socjologii Uniwersytetu Jagiellońskiego - we współpracy z Oddziałami Krakowskimi Polskiego Towarzystwa Gerontologicznego i Polskiego Towarzystwa Socjologicznego - zapraszają na wykład Charlesa Waldegrave’a z Family Centre Social Policy Research Unit, Wellington, New Zealand pt. "Reducing Social Isolation and Loneliness among Older Citizens", który odbędzie się dnia 2 października (wtorek) o godz. 13.00, ul. Grodzka 52, sala im. W. Kwaśniewicza, I piętro.

Spotkanie organizowane jest także w ramach współpracy w COST ACTION ROSEnet – Reducing Old-Age Social Exclusion: Collaborations in Research and Policy – responds to research, policy and societal challenges with respect to the social exclusion of older people in Europe, and beyond (CA 15122).


About the lecture

Loneliness and social isolation are key indicators of social exclusion. Their links to ill-health and early death (overall negative morbidity and mortality outcomes) are today generally accepted. The growing international evidence on the impacts of social isolation and loneliness has profound implications for positive health status and reduced health and welfare budgets. This presentation will provide results from the New Zealand Longitudinal Study of Ageing (NZLSA). Amartya Sen’s capabilities approach has formed the conceptual basis of the theoretical framework of this research programme (Sen, 1999). Two survey waves of a national random sample in excess of 3,000 older New Zealand citizens aged between 50 to 86 years have been carried out, which included scales and various questions on health, wellbeing, social connections and loneliness. The results demonstrated highly significant relationships between the domain scales and the health and wellbeing scores. Higher loneliness scores were strongly associated with lower health and wellbeing scores, whereas higher social connection scores were strongly associated with higher levels of health and wellbeing. The results also show that close emotional connection is not the only way to reduce loneliness. The experience of leisure and community participation where people are not closely connected but are sharing a mutual collective experience, is effective in reducing loneliness, for example.


Charles Waldegrave is a psychologist and a social policy researcher. He Coordinates the Family Centre Social Policy Research Unit in Lower Hutt, Wellington, New Zealand. He is also a joint leader of four large research programmes: New Zealand Poverty Measurement Project (NZPMP); New Zealand Longitudinal Study of Ageing (NZLSA); and two National Science Challenge projects Loneliness and Social Isolation among Older Māori and Pacific People and Revitalising the Production of Affordable Homes to Provide for successful and Engaged Healthy Lives. He is currently a member of a European research collaboration ROSEnet (Reducing Old-age Social Exclusion network) and is an international partner in their COST Action (Cooperation in Science and Technology in Europe). He has led a team that has provided the evidence base for innovative housing and income policies in New Zealand which have helped reduce child and older age poverty and stress on low income households. He has published extensively and leads workshops and educational events internationally with his colleagues.