“A life in lockdown”: Experiences of loneliness in stroke and brain injury survivors
Wed 27th Apr 2022
Presented by Dr Stephen Dunne
Stroke is one of the biggest threats to public health, with over 150,000 people in the UK experiencing stroke every year and approximately 1.3 million people in the UK living with the consequences of a stroke. Following a stroke or brain injury, it is not unusual for individuals to be left with impairments of varying severity including physical issues, memory, loss of independence and difficulties communicating and regulating emotions. These issues can impact an individual’s self-esteem and identity, in turn hindering social connections and engagement and placing these populations at a greater risk of social exclusion, loneliness and an overall reduced quality of life.
The interaction between loneliness and stroke appears to be a vicious cycle, with loneliness found to have detrimental consequences to stroke recovery by reducing recovery time, increasing stress, and increased mortality. This webinar discusses several projects investigating how those with a stroke or brain injury define loneliness, the differences in these experiences compared to neurotypical populations and the impact that the pandemic has had on these experiences. We also provide some recommendations for potential interventions to alleviate loneliness in these populations.