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It has been well documented that social needs do not change with aging (Teater, Chonody, & Davis, 2021), but often, older adults are left out of the conversation when it comes to loneliness and the feelings that come with social isolation. In the same way that researchers are de-stigmatizing the mental health conversation for youth and middle-aged adults, we need to bring to light the issues that come with those who live in assisted living facilities or nursing homes and the social issues presented in that population.
Romano, Annie Alexis, "Combating Loneliness in Assisted Living Facilities: An Evidence-Based Practice Guide for Social Work Practitioners Working with Older Adults" (2021). Evidence-Based Social Work Practice Guide Series. Paper 2.