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Understanding Loneliness in Later Life

Existential Loneliness
This free seminar presents findings from a range of novel research projects that are extending our understanding of loneliness in later life. We are privileged to have a contribution from Helena Larsson from Sweden that focuses upon existential loneliness among frail elders. Our team from Brunel will present their work that looks at loneliness at the end of life, the challenges of conducting research interviews about loneliness and data from the BBC loneliness experiment.



10.00am   Registration and tea/coffee


10.30am   Existential Loneliness – a challenge in the care of frail older persons

                  Helena Larsson, Malmo University

11.30am   Loneliness in Later Life: Insights from the BBC Loneliness Experiment

                  Professor Christina Victor, Professor of Gerontology and Public Health,
Vice Dean-Research, College of Health and Life Sciences and Leader, Ageing Studies Research Theme,

                  Brunel University London


12.30pm   Lunch


1.30pm     What do people talk about when they talk about loneliness

                  Dr Mike Thomas, Programme Leader, MA Social Work, Brunel University London

2.30pm     Loneliness at Death: Dying Alone in a Communal World

                 Professor Holly Nelson-Becker, Professor of Social Work and Division Lead, Brunel University London


3.30pm    End of seminar


For more information contact: anna.liddle@brunel.ac.uk