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Introduction. The demographic changes and the aging of the population urge to examine social support networks, and in particular the informal ones. The present study aims to assess the quality of informal social networks and of the social support as perceived by older adults living in a retirement home. Methods. Forty self-sufficient older adults, aged between 81 and 97 years (M = 88.75; SD = 3.83), living in a retirement home, were presented questionnaires assessing social support networks,fatcat:6okxztp22rdjtd6qssdkzaspwu