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HLTB01H3S: Health, Aging and the Life Cycle
Department of Health Studies
University of Toronto at Scarborough
Family Law Act
R.S.O. 1990, CHAPTER F.3
29. In this Part,
“dependant” means a person to whom another has an obligation to provide support under
this Part; (“personne à charge”)
“spouse” means a spouse as defined in subsection 1 (1), and in addition includes either of
two persons who are not married to each other and have cohabited,
(a)continuously for a period of not less than three years, or
(b)in a relationship of some permanence, if they are the natural or
adoptive parents of a child. (“conjoint”) R.S.O. 1990, c. F.3, s. 29; 1999, c. 6,
s. 25 (2); 2005, c. 5, s. 27 (4- Obligation of child to support parent
32. Every child who is not a minor has an obligation to provide support, in accordance
with need, for his or her parent who has cared for or provided support for the child, to the
extent that the child is capable of doing so. R.S.O. 1990, c. F.3, s. 32.
A&G: Chapter 11 .
Social Support, Health, and Aging
•Social support is important for both mental health and physical health throughout
the life span, but it may be especially important in late life.
Characteristics of the Social Support Network
Functions of Social Support
Three functions of social support have been identified: aid (instrumental help), affect
(emotional support), and affirmation (acknowledgment of one’s values or agreement
with one’s attitudes).
Informal support network members consist of family, friends, and neighbors.