UNDERSTANDING THE LINK BETWEEN SOCIAL SUPPORT AND PSYCHOLOGICAL WELL-BEING IN AGING COMMUNITIES

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Sarah Awad
Dr. Shehar Bano
Muhammad Abid Aslam
Tess Ezzy
Ishrat Fatima
Majida Mansoor

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Background: On a more mature level, it is essential to recognise that the absence of social support, which is defined as "interaction between people," can lead to feelings of isolation and hopelessness, in addition to other unfavourable outcomes. This project's objective is to explore the impact that social support has on mental health and well-being, with a particular emphasis on the elderly population as the demographic of interest.


Methods: The study undertakes an analysis of data acquired from a range of sources, such as literature reviews and empirical research, in order to evaluate the relationship between social support and mental health outcomes. This is done in order to investigate the association between the two. It accomplishes this by synthesising the findings of a variety of diverse research in order to develop a comprehensive understanding of the topic at hand.


Results : The display of affection, the sharing of interests, and the providing of assistance to one another can all be considered to be fundamental components of social support. These interactions, which have the potential to have a significant impact on an individual's emotional well-being, are cultivated via the efforts of positive reinforcement and counselling services, both of which play important roles in the process. In addition, the advent of chronic diseases, together with painful mental health symptoms such as feelings of loneliness, guilt, and helplessness, bring to light the necessity of social support among the elderly population for a number of different reasons.


Conclusion: the findings shed light on the major relevance that social support plays in developing mental health and well-being, particularly among the elderly population. The findings of this study underscore the need of healthcare professionals employing a number of tactics with the objective of enhancing social support for older adults, both inside the confines of medical facilities and within the communities, respectively. In order for nurses to be able to give social support and make a constructive contribution to the well-being of the elderly in society, they are provided with suggestions that they might take into consideration. Taking all of this into consideration, it is abundantly evident that the education of nurses in both hospital and community settings is of the utmost significance in order to fulfil the criteria of social care for elderly persons.


 

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