Are you alone at night?
If so, then why?
- Loneliness. Identifying people at risk of loneliness can be difficult, but targeting those disproportionately affected by loneliness – lower socio-economic groups, the widowed, the physically isolated, people who have recently stopped driving, those with sensory impairment and the very old – has proven most effective.
- Staying with older people overnight in hospital. Patients and carers have traditionally been seen as a burden on the NHS, instead of a source of insight, energy and motivation for change. Benefits can outweigh perceived risks and have been described at several hospitals.
- Social psychology and the impact of interpersonal interactions on wellbeing
- A person’s social networks can have a significant impact on their health and strong communities promote wellbeing and resilience.
- Gratitude – recent research suggest being grateful may positively impact physical health and mediate loneliness.