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NOT ALONE will be a project carried out by a multidisciplinary team of nurses, psychologists, social workers, doctors... who work in the field of aging and its main objective is to analyze the prevalence of unwanted loneliness among women in the Maresme region. Understanding loneliness from a gender perspective will allow health and social professionals to know the reality and establish preventive measures and early detection.

The NOT ALONE study is divided into three phases: 


  • STEP 1: a prevalence study with 425 home visits to homes in Mataró where women over 65 live.
  • STEP 2:  we want to hear from women who feel alone. To delve deeper into the phenomenon of women's loneliness and detect what needs they have and what expectations they had for their old age that they have not been able to fulfill. In-depth interviews will be conducted with expert professionals to help us understand with analysis the problem of unwanted loneliness and what experiences exist behind a life.
  • STEP 3:  a predictive model of loneliness will be developed. The NOT ALONE project also wants to 
    demonstrate how a predictive model can help detect unwanted loneliness in older women in the community setting by identifying those risk factors that make them more vulnerable. A predictive model for loneliness in women could help to:


 - Carry out an early detection: By identifying women who are at risk of unwanted loneliness, health professionals and social workers will be able to intervene early and offer support before the situation worsens. 


 - Directed interventions: By understanding the specific factors that contribute to loneliness in different women, interventions can be tailored to address each person's unique needs.


 - Identification of populations at risk: A predictive model can help identify specific groups of women who are at greater risk of loneliness, such as older women who live alone or those with chronic health conditions.


 - Progress monitoring: By regularly monitoring women's loneliness status over time, health professionals can track the effectiveness of interventions and adjust them as needed. With the passage of time and new ways of living together, the relationship between loneliness and gender will change. If we want to understand the phenomenon of loneliness and mitigate its effects on women's health from a gender perspective, we must be aware of all the factors that can affect this scenario and how health professionals and of the social sphere can identify them.

Project managers

Dr. Esther Cabrera Torres

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Project team

Dr. Carolina Chabrera


Dr. Meritxell Puyané


Dr. Marc Tarradellas Fernandez


Dr. Esther Mateo Aguilar


Funding sources

The "NOT ALONE" project has a budget of €118.200 of which €100.625 is contributed by the Ministry of Science and Innovation and Universities / AEI/10.13039/501100011033 and by FEDER, EU through the call for "Proyectos I+D Generación Conocimiento 2022" with reference number of the body: PID2022-143121OB-I00.


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