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Background: Depressive symptoms and loneliness feeling are common mental health problems among elderly people and can result from complex interactions of risk factors.
Aims: the main aim is to assess relationship between depressive symptoms and loneliness feeling among elderly at Zagazig City.
Subjects and methods: Research design: A descriptive design was used. Setting: the geriatric social club at Zagazig City, Egypt. Subjects: Sixty five elderly participants were enrolled in the present study.
Tools of data collection: Interview questionnaire consisted of two parts and UCLA Loneliness Scale Version 3.
Results: the present study showed that the majority of the studied sample had mild depressive symptoms and moderate loneliness feeling.
Conclusion: Based on the findings of the present study, there was positive correlation between depressive symptoms and loneliness feeling among elderly.
Recommendations: providing psychiatric nurse in these clubs to encourage elderly people to ventilate or express feeling. Training to geriatric clubs personal about how to deal with the elderly and help them to express their feeling.