Revista Egitania Sciencia - Volume 21 | ARTICLE

Title: GERIATRIC DEPRESSION AND ITS RELATION WITH LONELINESS IN A SAMPLE OF SUBJECTS WITH HOME SUPPORT SERVICE

Author: Ricardo Pocinho (pocinho@hotmail.com), Tatiana Neves (tatiana.isabel.neves@gmail.com), Pedro Belo (pedro.belo.santos@gmail.com), Anabela Martins (anabelacmartins@estescoimbra.pt)

Publication: Revista Egitania Sciencia - Volume 21

Abstract:
The Home Support Service has been implemented in society as a social support to the elderly. With similar intervention characteristics of one Day Center, this is a technical home visit with the perspective of promoting daily basic support to the elderly. The aim of this study, conducted in Coimbra, is to perceive if the Home Support Service prevents solitude and, hence, the existence of depressive symptoms. We studied a predictor model of geriatric depression based on the satisfaction with the Home Support Service and on Loneliness. We observed through an adjusted model that Loneliness is a significant predictor of Geriatric Depression (r2 = 0,607; p <,05), and there is a positive correlation between Loneliness and Geriatric Depression (r = 7,41; p <,05). In association with Loneliness comes the Geriatric Depression, which can compromise cognitive functioning of the elderly that begin to manifest difficulties in more complex processes starting to interfere in decision making, autonomy and quality of life. In addition to a Home Support Service, a social support should be provided to the elderly to enable them to fill the void avoiding solitude.

Keywords: Hom Keywords: Home Support Service, Elderly, Loneliness, Geriatric Depression.e Support Service, Elderly, Loneliness, Geriatric Depression.




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