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Cognitive capacity, style and quality of life of the elderly: a cross-sectional study

Laura Ligiana Dias Szerwieski, Diógenes Aparício Garcia Cortez, Rose Mari Bennemann, Eraldo Schunk Silva, Lucia Elaine Ranieri Cortez

Abstract


Aim: to verify the cognitive ability, style and quality of life of elderly primary care users. Method: a cross-sectional, correlational, analytical and descriptive study with a quantitative approach. A total of 252 semi-structured questionnaires were applied to the urban elderly, containing sociodemographic information, cognitive ability assessment and questions regarding style and quality of life. Result: there was a predominance of females with low schooling, presence of cognitive decline in 68.25% (n=172) of the elderly and a significant association between the Health Units (p=0,0351). Discussion: it should be pointed out that elderly people who do not present a decline have a better score in the nutrition component, this data emphasizes that maintaining good eating habits positively influences cognitive ability. Conclusion: the interviewees are young elderly with cognitive decline. Emphasis is given to the importance of nurses acting as health promoters, favoring active aging.

Keywords


Aging;Cognition;Life Style;Quality of Life

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.17665/1676-4285.20175723