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Curing Loneliness With The Internet

Curing Loneliness With The Internet

Curing Loneliness

Take 15 elders who live in the community.  While they live in their own homes, they are chronically ill or physically disabled.  So much so that they are essentially housebound.  This group is lonely.  Their family is distant or busy with their own lives and this group of elders find themselves alone for a great deal of time.  Researchers took this particular group and conducted an experiment to answer this question: If they were introduced to the internet and all the wonders of the world wide web, would it be successful in curing loneliness?

Two researchers did just that.  They provided these seniors with computers and trained them on the internet and how to use email.  They waited for three years and returned to them to see how they were travelling and whether the experiment had some indications that it could be successful in curing loneliness.

We present their results.

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Nic Nash-Arnold has been nursing for twenty years. She has nursed thousands of patients, mainly in the operating theatre. Nicole has worked in both public and private hospitals in Queensland. Ten years ago, she left the “coal face” of nursing and moved into a Nurse Educator role and then a series of senior and executive hospital administration roles. Nic has always believed in the empowerment with education. That might be empowering nurses to provide better care or patients to take better care, but education is always the centre of the solution. Google 
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