Health Problems of Institutionalized Elderly

  • Sérgio Augusto Paredes Moreira Master’s Student, Federal University of Paraíba, João Pessoa (PB), Brazil.
  • Jordana Almeida Nogueira PhD, Associate Professor, Federal University of Paraíba, João Pessoa (PB), Brazil.
  • Luipa Michele Silva Doctor, researcher for the Federal University of Paraíba, João Pessoa (PB), Brazil.
  • Luiz Fernando Tura Rangel PhD, Professor Associate, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro (RJ), Brazil.
  • Tatyanni Peixoto Rodrigues Doctoral Student, Federal University of Paraíba, João Pessoa (PB), Brazil, Scholarship Holder of the Higher Education Personnel Improvement Coordination (CAPES), Brazil.
  • Maria do Socorro Costa Feitosa Alves PhD, Chief Professor, Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte, Natal (RN), Brazil.
  • Maria Do Céu Pinto Marques Professor Associate, University of Évora, Évora (PT), Portugal.
  • Karoline Lima Alves Master’s Student, Federal University of Paraíba, João Pessoa (PB), Brazil.
  • Laysa Bianca Gomes de Lima Nurse, researcher for the Federal University of Paraíba, João Pessoa (PB), Brazil.
  • Antonia Oliveira Silva PhD, Chief Professor, Federal University of Paraíba, João Pessoa (PB), Brazil.

Abstract

Introduction: human aging is marked by a decrease in the performance of some daily tasks, some even considered banal and imperceptibly when this limitation is followed by chronic diseases, the elderly becomes a source of concern for the family. Objective: identifying the health problems of the elderly living in long-stay institutions from self-reported diseases. This is a descriptive and quantitative study, conducted in northeastern Brazil capital, involving 138 elderly. For data collection we used a questionnaire containing demographic variables, institutional and related to self-reported health problems. Data were evaluated using bivariate analysis and association chi-square. Results: predominance of women was found (61.6%), aged 60-69 years old (39.1%), coming from the state capital (51.4%), and institutional permanence time between 1-5 years (77.5%). The most frequent diseases were related to the cardiovascular system (15.9%) and endocrine, nutritional and metabolic diseases (9.4%). It showed a significant association between self-reported diseases and the age of the elderly (p=0.047). Conclusion: it is expected to raise awareness among health professionals to provide a better assistance to the institutionalized elderly focusing on the real needs of these persons.
Published
May 3, 2016
How to Cite
MOREIRA, Sérgio Augusto Paredes et al. Health Problems of Institutionalized Elderly. International Archives of Medicine, [S.l.], v. 9, may 2016. ISSN 1755-7682. Available at: <http://imed.pub/ojs/index.php/iam/article/view/1468>. Date accessed: 21 sep. 2019. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.3823/1930.
Section
Primary Care

Keywords

Elderly. Institution of long stay for the aged. Health of Institutionalized Elderly.

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