Bacground: This article tackles social support as a meta-variable that is reinforced by a
set of social variables, which correlate and act as predictors of social welfare and life quality of the
Objective: The objective of the study is to know how social support, networks and social contacts
can influence the health of the elderly person, especially if these are interrelated factors.
Method: The population studied are individuals from both sexes living in Toledo (Spanish people)
and who were 65 years of age or over. Several scales were applied to assess the frequency of and the
degree of satisfaction with perceived social support received from different sources in relation to
social support. The co relational analysis showed significant positive associations between scores
and measures of and social support, social relations, contact and social networks.
Results: We conclude that the support in general is very good, over 90% of people from the sample
have someone who would help if needed. Social and health factors are interrelated with social support.
Social contact can also be considered as a life quality estimate. He progressive loss of contact
over the years is a social factor that affects the quality of life.
Conclusion: The meta-analysis we find that social support and the emotional factor, along with social
interactions, have powerful effects on preventing morbidity and mortality, which are important
social indicators. We conclude that social support based on positive social interactions provides an
optimal state of health in the older person.