Lesson 6 - Be a Social Animal

What does social support consist of?

Social support carries many meanings, including such factors such as information, trust, care, love, esteem, networks, and mutual obligation. In general, there are three categories of social support necessary for healthy aging:

Emotional support involves the verbal and nonverbal communication of caring and concern — that you are valued and loved and have the opportunity for intimacy. Emotional support can help provide a sense of purpose, meaning, and belonging.

Intellectual support gives you access to information, advice, appraisal and guidance from others.

Instrumental support gives you access to material or physical assistance, such as transportation, money, or help with daily chores.

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