In view of all these challenges that elderly people go through, and more that haven’t been mentioned here, it is therefore imperative for them to be provided with social support for them to lead healthy and longer lives. In this paper, therefore, the concept of social support and caregiving among seniors shall be explored.
The description of social support, what it entails and its importance will be given, especially with reference to the quality of life that seniors can have if it is provided. Also, the issue of caregiving and the challenges related to it in our society today will be tackled. Furthermore, the role that the informal network of friends and family play in providing care and support for the elderly and how this impacts on their health will be further discussed.