Theme of the symposium i Gothenburg, Sweden (Co-Chair: Jessica Hemberg, Finland) : Existential loneliness in older adults in need of care and the role of health care professionals: Own paper: Existential loneliness of frail older adults

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Abstract

Frail older adults (in need of care) is a group of people that globally is increasing in numbers and these individuals are at risk for experiencing suffering due to loneliness of existential kind. Therefore, research regarding the phenomenon of existential loneliness amongst these frail older adults is important to explore, as well as for increasing understanding of ways of addressing and alleviating this kind of suffering from loneliness. It is also essential to expand the understanding of the role of health care professionals and how difficult issues can be discussed with these frail older adults in need of care in order to potentially alleviate their suffering from existential loneliness. The aim of this symposium is to explore existential loneliness in frail older adults in need of care and the role of health care professionals. How can existential suffering from existential loneliness be understood according to older adults and how can health care professionals address these needs? The symposium contributes to an understanding of experiences from suffering from existential loneliness amongst frail older adults in need of care and ways of addressing and alleviating this kind of suffering.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe International association of gerontology and geriatrics european region congress held between 23th and 25th may 2019
Publication statusPublished - 2019
MoE publication typeO2 Other
EventThe International association of gerontology and geriatrics european region congress - Gothenburg, Sweden
Duration: 23 May 201925 May 2019

Conference

ConferenceThe International association of gerontology and geriatrics european region congress
CountrySweden
CityGothenburg
Period23/05/1925/05/19

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