Social support for elderly people was decisive for what was stated in the previous article of “we the old people” of giving more years to life but also giving more life to the years.
We assume that the Quality of Life is the combination of objective and subjective factors.
It is a synthesis of the material and spiritual well-being of the individuals that, at each stage, has its particularity.
But in the Elderly this is of significant importance.
Relationship between social support and an important stage of the life cycle
Now we will analyze the relationship between social support and a stage of the life cycle with very special characteristics.
We refer to the elderly and we will do so from the assessment of the role that social support plays in the maintenance of health and the reduction of vulnerability to diseases.
We must also take into account the impact it has on the experience of well-being and quality of life of the senescent.
Social Support networks constitute a formidable resource for people to optimize their state of health and well-being, and it becomes an important restorative factor for health.
These effects are valid at any time of the Life Cycle.
They acquire particular significance in the Third Age in which the individual needs to be recognized as to his worth as a human being, feeling useful and productive.
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The last decades of the last century were characterized by a considerable increase in life expectancy.
The number of senior citizens has been increased, this figure being disproportionate in the world.
Because there are countries in which life expectancy exceed 80 years, while in others 30 years are barely reached.
If this considerable increase in life expectancy it is not accompanied by well-being and satisfaction.
Then it becomes a worldwide complex problem because it would increase the years of disability and health problems in an individual.
For that reason, it is essential that the increase in life expectancy be accompanied by the increase in the Quality of Life in which the impact of Social Support for elderly plays a fundamental role in this analysis
This stage of life is a facilitator of potentially traumatic events associated with losses.
We can mention loneliness, retirement, widowhood, changes in roles, involuntary residential movements and the loss of old support networks.
Social Support networks in the Third Age are one of the main resources that guarantee the well-being and stability of individuals.
These networks promote a better confrontation with environmental events and changes in the life cycle.
We will continue to delve into social support for elderly people in next article of “We the old people”.