Functional Capacity in Elderly Peoples' Day-to-Day Basic Activities

  • Thaíse Alves Bezerra Master of Public Health, State University of Paraiba. Campina Grande, Paraiba, Brazil.
  • Maria Antônia Souza Lima Specialist Health of the Elderly. Nurse Primary Care. Nova Russas, Ceará, Brazil.
  • Thamires Mayara Alves Bezerra Nursing Academic, State University of Paraiba. Campina Grande, Paraíba, Brasil.
  • Kátia Nêyla de Freitas Macêdo Costa Doctorate in Nursing, Teaching at the Nursing Postgraduate Program, Federal University of Paraiba. Joao Pessoa, Paraiba, Brazil

Abstract

Objective: Assess the functional capacity in day-to-day basic activities of elderly people attended to in a Family Health Unit. Methodology: Current transversal study with 76 elderly people was undertaken between September and November 2014 in a Family Health Unit in the town of Nova Russas CE Brazil. The elderly people were interviewed and information on socio-demographic characteristics, health status and the performance of daily basic activities was collected. Data were described and analyzed with EpiInfo 7 and R v2.10.0. Results: The population studied was mostly composed of females (63.1%), aged between 70 and 79 years old (68.4%), widows or widowers (63.2%), with 3 - 4 dependent people at home (60.6%); 96% of the elderly people may be considered independent. Conclusion: Results show that most elderly people are independent in their daily basic activities.

Published
May 17, 2016
How to Cite
BEZERRA, Thaíse Alves et al. Functional Capacity in Elderly Peoples' Day-to-Day Basic Activities. International Archives of Medicine, [S.l.], v. 9, may 2016. ISSN 1755-7682. Available at: <http://imed.pub/ojs/index.php/iam/article/view/1603>. Date accessed: 04 aug. 2020. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.3823/1949.
Section
Primary Care

Keywords

Elderly people; Primary Health Cares; Family Health Strategy; Nursing.