Pain as a Risk Factor for Loneliness Among Older Adults.

TitlePain as a Risk Factor for Loneliness Among Older Adults.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsEmerson, K, Boggero, I, Ostir, G, Jayawardhana, J
JournalJ Aging Health
Volume30
Issue9
Pagination1450-1461
Date Published2018 10
ISSN Number1552-6887
KeywordsAged, Aged, 80 and over, Chronic pain, depression, Female, Health Status, Humans, Loneliness, Male, Middle Aged, Risk Factors, Surveys and Questionnaires, United States
Abstract

OBJECTIVE: The objective of this is to examine whether pain is associated with the onset of loneliness in a sample of community-dwelling older adults.

METHODS: We used data from the 2008 and 2012 Health and Retirement Study. We limited the sample to community-dwelling persons aged 60 years and over who were not lonely in 2008 in order to predict the risk of onset of loneliness (incidence) in 2012. Our analytic sample included 1,563 observations.

RESULTS: Approximately 31.7% of participants reported loneliness at follow-up (2012). Logistic regression models showed that the odds of loneliness onset was 1.58 higher for those with pain at both time points, compared with those who had pain at neither time point, even after controlling for other covariates.

DISCUSSION: The results indicate that pain may increase the risk of loneliness in older adults. This suggests that appropriate pain interventions could prevent future loneliness, which in turn could prevent functional decline, disability, and premature mortality.

DOI10.1177/0898264317721348
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Alternate JournalJ Aging Health
Citation Key9252
PubMed ID28728466