Contributory factors for the functional independence of oldest old

Authors

  • Dâmarys Kohlbeck de Melo Neu Ribeiro Federal University of Paraná; Graduate Program in Nursing; Universidade Federal do Paraná
  • Maria Helena Lenardt Federal University of Paraná; Graduate Program in Nursing; Universidade Federal do Paraná
  • Tatiane Michel Federal University of Paraná; Universidade Federal do Paraná
  • Larissa Sayuri Setoguchi Federal University of Paraná; Universidade Federal do Paraná
  • Clóris Regina Blanski Grden State University of Ponta Grossa; Department of Nursing; Universidade Estadual de Ponta Grossa
  • Edinaldo Silva de Oliveira Federal University of Paraná; Universidade Federal do Paraná

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.1590/S0080-623420150000100012

Abstract

OBJECTIVE To investigate the socioeconomic and clinical factors that contribute to the functional independence of the oldest old of a community. METHOD Cross-sectional quantitative study whose sample consisted of 214 elderly people registered in Basic Health Units. Data were collected through structured interviews and application of the Functional Independence Measure. We used descriptive statistics, and for association of the variables we used the Student t-test, ANOVA and Tukey's test for multiple comparisons. RESULTS The significant variables that contributed to the functional independence were remaining economically active, practicing physical and leisure activities, having a social life, eating fruits, vegetables and meat. The orientation to conduct these practices reduces the demand for care and help needed in everyday activities. CONCLUSION Maintaining independence is primordial to delay disability and presents itself as an excellent field of work for nursing.

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Published

2015-02-01

How to Cite

Ribeiro, D. K. de M. N., Lenardt, M. H., Michel, T., Setoguchi, L. S., Grden, C. R. B., & Oliveira, E. S. de. (2015). Contributory factors for the functional independence of oldest old . Revista Da Escola De Enfermagem Da USP, 49(1), 89-96. https://doi.org/10.1590/S0080-623420150000100012

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