Study of the Level of Solitude in the Elderly at the Yogyakarta Nursing Home


Aging and loneliness has been established widely. Loneliness has been studied from many different points of view and there is no unified definition (Muhumed, K & Cervinkova, M, 2011) Mainly, loneliness is thought as being stranged from others. (Killeen 1998, 763-764.) Feeling of loneliness most vulnerable seems to be adolescents and elderly people. Loneliness among elderly population has been examined, in quantitative studies, according to demographic factors, education, socio-economic status or health. In average, onethird of elderly population suffers from loneliness at least sometimes (Victor etal. 2005, 364; Savikko 2008, 40; Theeke 2009, 392). Illness, death of a spouse and lack of friends were the most common causes of loneliness (Savikko 2008, 42). The level of loneliness itself can be assessed in a scoring system that is often used in the form of University Carolina (UCLA) loneliness scale. This validated score consist of 20 questionnaire that can assess one’s subjective feelings of loneliness as well as feeling social isolation ( Participants rate each item as either O (“I often feel this way”), S (“I sometimes feel this way”), R (“I rarely feel this way”), N (“I never feel this way”). The score system devided whether it is low (20-49), medium (50-69) or high (60-80).

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Sarly Puspita Ariesa, Gadjah Mada University Yogyakarta, Indonesia
I Dewa Putu Pramantara, Gadjah Mada University Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Probosuseno, Gadjah Mada University Yogyakarta, Indonesia

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Conference: EGen2023
Stream: Loneliness

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Ariesa S., Pramantara I., & Probosuseno A. (2023) Study of the Level of Solitude in the Elderly at the Yogyakarta Nursing Home ISSN: 2435-4937 The European Conference on Aging & Gerontology 2023: Official Conference Proceedings
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