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Evaluation of the functional capacity of elderly persons in a long-stay institution in Brazil
8th International Conference on Epidemiology & Public Health
Cristina Maria Miranda de Sousa, Carolinne Kilcia Carvalho Sena, Adelia Dalva Da Silva Oliveira, Nagila Raianna Lima de Alencar, Eduardo CairoOliveira Cordeiro Samara Karine Sena Fernandes Vieira and Davi Lavor Neri Rodriguesi
Uninovafapi University Center, BrazilUniversity of Fortaleza, Brazil
Statement of the Problem: The aging process, by itself, can lead to a decline in physical fitness and functional capacity, which is
aggravated by a sedentary lifestyle, making the elderly dependent on care of others. These characteristics are more accentuated
when the elderly live in institutions. The purpose of this study is to search the literature for the scientific production about the
evaluation of the functional capacity of the elderly in long-term institutions.
Methodology: An integrative review of literature performed in the LILACS, BDENF and MEDLINE databases, accessed by the
VHL (Virtual Health Library) through Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior (CAPES). We included
articles that were electronically available in full and in Portuguese in the period from 2011 to 2016. The search was carried out
on November 2016 using the following descriptors controlled: elderly, frail elderly, geriatric evaluation, daily activities, longterm
care institutions, home care.
Findings: A total of 14 articles were analyzed in the thematic area of this study between the years 2011 and 2016. During the
analyzed period, the largest amount of publications was published in 2011 (5 of the publications). Regarding the database,
LILACS stood out with 12 of the publications and as for the methodological outline, 13 of the articles used the quantitative
approach. From the articles analyzed, two thematic categories emerged: the profile of elderly people living in long-term care
institutions and evaluation of the functional capacity of the elderly in long- term care institutions.
Conclusion: Knowing, analyzing and understanding the characteristics of elderly people living in long-term institutions
contributed to a deepening of the thematic and reflection on the main points to be evaluated in order to provide a systematized
and individualized assistance and a better quality of life for these elderly people.
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Cristina Maria Miranda de Sousa has a Law Degree from the Federal University of Piauí (1988), PhD in Health Sciences from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte UFRN. Reitor of the University Center UNINOVAFAPI, Teresina-PI. Post Doctoral Student at USP / EERP, Professor of the Professional Master's Program in Family Health at UNINOVAFAPI.