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Effect of increased social support on the well-being of cognitively impaired elderly people


Oppikofer, S., Albrecht, K., Martin, M.


Zeitschrift Für Gerontologie Und Geriatrie, Volume: 43, No.: 5, Pages.: 310-316

Year of Publication



Social relationships are an important factor for maintaining life satisfaction in elderly people. Little is known, however, about the influence of increased social support towards the well-being of cognitively impaired people. This is why two comparative studies in Switzerland and Austria, with 84 cognitively impaired individuals (aged between 65 and 98) with in-patient treatment, used a control group design to examine whether increased social support would have a positive effect on the well-being of these individuals. To this end, interventions in the form of emotional social support through volunteer visitors for dementia patients were carried out. In both studies, a positive association between increased social support by volunteer assistants and well-being emerged. The investigations show that social support and attention are generally registered and perceived as creating a pleasantly soothing feeling in cognitively impaired people.;

Bibtex Citation

@article{Oppikofer_2009, doi = {10.1007/s00391-009-0066-0}, url = {}, year = 2009, month = {sep}, publisher = {Springer Science $mathplus$ Business Media}, volume = {43}, number = {5}, pages = {310--316}, author = {S. Oppikofer and K. Albrecht and M. Martin}, title = {Auswirkungen erhöhter sozialer Unterstützung auf das Wohlbefinden kognitiv beeinträchtigter älterer Menschen}, journal = {Zeitschrift für Gerontologie und Geriatrie} }


adult, aged, aged, 80 and over, austria, cognition disorders, dementia, emotions, female, humans, male, middle aged, patient satisfaction, psychology, quality of life, social support, switzerland, visitors, visitors to patients, volunteer, volunteers

Countries of Study

Austria, Switzerland

Types of Dementia

Dementia (general / unspecified)

Types of Study

Non randomised controlled trial

Type of Outcomes

Quality of Life of Person With Dementia, Satisfaction with care/services

Type of Interventions

Non-pharmacological Treatment

Non-Pharmaceutical Interventions