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


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.

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: <>. Date accessed: 28 sep. 2021. doi:
Primary Care


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