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Research Journal of Pharmacy and Technology
Year : 2017, Volume : 10, Issue : 7
First page : ( 2122) Last page : ( 2126)
Print ISSN : 0974-3618. Online ISSN : 0974-360X.
Article DOI : 10.5958/0974-360X.2017.00372.9

Social problems among Elderly people at Geriatric homes in the Middle Euphrates Governorates

Shakir Waseem A.1,*, Mohammed Saja H.2

1MSC N, College of Nursing, University of Babylon

2Prof. Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing Department, College of Nursing, University of Babylon

*Corresponding Author E-mail: drgs54@yahoo.com, waseem.kasparov@gmail.com

Online published on 17 October, 2017.

Abstract

Background

Social isolation is the absence of relationships with family of friends on an person level, and with society on a broader level, especially the elderly who suffering from health or psychological illness which may lead to early death.

Objective

To assess the social problems among elderly people at geriatric homes in the Middle Euphrates Governorates.

Methodology

A descriptive correlation analytical study included a purposive (non-probability) sample of (82) elderly was selected for the present study. The data had been collection from 17th February 2016 to 3rd April 2016. Data were collected through the use of the constructed questionnaire and the process of interviewing to elderly people. Data were analyzed through the application of descriptive statistical analysis (percentage, frequency and inferential data analysis) (Chi-square) with (SPSS, Version 20).

Results

The findings of the study indicate that most of the samples (45.1%) have moderate social isolation level, (36.6%) have severe social isolation level and (18.3%) of the samples has mild social isolation. There is a high significant relationship in social isolation level with socio-demographic data (age, age at admission, residence years in geriatric homes, previous professions, educational level, social status, and economic status), there was a significant relationship in social isolation level with socio-demographic data (gender, financial support by family, financial resources).

Conclusion

All elderly people affected with the social problems in different levels and no significant relationship between financial support by family and financial sources and between males and females in a changing sex with social problems.

Recommendations

The studies recommend to promotion, social support programs for elderly people and provide all possible means of support.

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Keywords

Elderly, Social isolation.

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