The Social support of family and friends during a crisis has long been seen to have a positive emotional and physical benefit effect on people. Social support is an important issue for ageing adults as common life events may put at risk the support networks of this age group. With advancing age, it is inevitable that people lose connection with their friendship networks and that they find it more difficult to initiate new friendships and to belong to new networks. The prevalence of each type of support varies according to union, parental, and socioeconomic statuses, as well as gender, age, and ethnicity. Family, friends, and neighbours are important sources of support to elderly people. These social networks help to buffer stress and depression and enhance individual’s morale and well being. The aim of this study was to analyze the situation of social support in the form of informal social relationships as family, friends and neighbours among aging men and women. The sample comprised of 200 ageing adults both males and females, in the age range of 60 to 75years belonging to urban setting of Jaipur district (n = 100 male and n = 100 female). The result reflected that only 2 percent of the female respondents reported poor social support, although no significant difference was found between the two groups on social support. Positive social interactions protect against developing difficulties with physical functions in later life.
Kirti Sharma and Shubha Dube.2016, The Support Ageing Adults Perceived. Int J Recent Sci Res. 7(9), pp. 13357-13359.