Quality of Life and the Cognitive Condition of Elderly Served in Family Health Unit

  • Renata Rabelo Pereira Nurse, Federal University of Paraiba - UFPB, Brazil.
  • Maria de Lourdes Farias Pontes Nurse, Professor of the Federal University of Paraiba - UFPB, Brazil.
  • Antonia Oliveira Silva Nurse, Professor of the Federal University of Paraiba -. UFPB, Brazil
  • Edilene Araújo Monteiro Professor of the Federal University of Paraiba - UFPB, Brazil.
  • Cleane Rosa da Silva Nursing Graduation Student at the Federal University of Paraiba - UFPB, Brazil.
  • Luípa Michele Silva Doctoral Student of the Postgraduate Nursing Program at the Federal University of Paraiba/UFPB, Brazil
  • Eliane de Sousa Leite Academic Unit of Nursing, Teacher training center, Federal University of Campina Grande. Cajazeiras, Paraíba, Brazil.
  • Mayara Muniz Dias Rodrigues Nurse, Master’s Student of the Postgraduate Nursing Program at the Federal University of Paraiba/UFPB, Brazil.
  • Renata Maia de Medeiros Nursing Graduation Student at the Federal University of Paraiba - UFPB, Brazil.
  • Wiliana Aparecida Alves da Silva Nursing Graduation Student at the Federal University of Paraiba - UFPB, Brazil.
  • Ana Carla Cavalcanti de Andrade
  • Joseane Barbosa Freire da Silva Nurse, College of Nursing Nova Esperança - FACENE, Brazil.

Abstract

Introduction: the cognitive impairment affects the functional capacity of the individual in their day to day, resulting in a loss of independence and autonomy, with consequent loss of quality of life of the elderly.

Objective: investigating the relationship between cognitive status and quality of life of the elderly.

Methods: a quantitative, observational, cross-sectional study conducted with 110 elderly in the Family Health Unit located in the city of João Pessoa. The instruments used were: socio-economic map, Mini Mental State Examination (MMSE), WHOQOL-Bref and WHOQOL Old. The collected data were analyzed using descriptive statistics and Pearson correlation.

Results: the results showed that 64.5% of the elderly were female, aged between 60 and 64 years old, studied one and four  years, had a family income between one and three minimum wages, married and lived with their children and spouses, 20% of seniors had cognitive impairment, cognitive function that was more difficult to answer was "Constructive capacity". The domain "Social relations" and the facet "Sensory abilities" had the highest scores of the QOL. The domain "Environmental", the facets "Death and Dying", and "Past-Present-Future Activities of QOL” showed a positive correlation with cognitive state.

Conclusion: the evaluation of the cognitive status of older people in primary care settings enables the generation of subsidies for the development of strategies at the level of attention, planning and implementing actions in health promoting QOL of the elderly.

Published
Nov 23, 2015
How to Cite
PEREIRA, Renata Rabelo et al. Quality of Life and the Cognitive Condition of Elderly Served in Family Health Unit. International Archives of Medicine, [S.l.], v. 8, nov. 2015. ISSN 1755-7682. Available at: <http://imed.pub/ojs/index.php/iam/article/view/1371>. Date accessed: 22 july 2019. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.3823/1854.
Section
Primary Care

Keywords

Aged; Cognition; Quality of life; Community Health Nursing.

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