NON-FAMILIAL INTERGENERATIONAL LIVING: ADDRESSING LONELINESS IN OLDER ADULTS
AuthorSilverton, Ellen Michelle
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AbstractThis thesis looks at how living situations can affect loneliness in older adults. Research shows that social isolation and activity involvement were two main factors in determining loneliness. Many adult children take in their older adult parent in part so they will not feel lonely. This is referred to as a familial intergenerational living arrangement. This living arrangement does decrease loneliness levels in older adults, but it can create issues with autonomy and dignity. Non-familial intergenerational living situations, however, are able to deal with these factors effectively, since the older and younger generations have more privacy. Elder cohousing communities, where the houses are very close together, also decrease loneliness while maintain autonomy and dignity since there are so many opportunities for involvement and interaction. I argue that by combining these two types of living situations to create a new living arrangement of non-familial intergenerational cohousing communities, loneliness can be combatted while also creating an environment where intergenerational exchange can flourish.
Degree ProgramHonors College
Health and Human Values