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SOARES, Lisandra Delfino de Albuquerque et al. Analysis of Motor Performance associated with the Nutritional Status of the Elderly enrolled in the Family Health Program in the municipality of Vitória de Santo Antão in the State of Pernambuco. Ciênc. saúde coletiva [online]. 2012, vol.17, n.5, pp.1297-1304. ISSN 1413-8123.

The scope of this paper was to investigate the relationship between the nutritional status and the motor skills of the elderly registered in the Family Health Program in the urban area of Vitória de Santo Antão in the State of Pernambuco, by means of a transversal epistemological descriptive-analytical field study. The participants of this survey were 235 elders, both male and female of 60-years-old and over registered in the family health program in the urban area of the city. The nutritional status was evaluated by the body mass index and the circumference of the calf. Four motor tests were used to evaluate motor performance: Time Up&Go, Tinetti's Index, Functional Reach and Unipodal Support. The associations were checked using Spearman's correlation. The association of the nutritional status with the motor tests was statistically significant among males* or females**: (Time Up&Go rho = 0.290* / 350**; Functional Reach rho = 0.232* / 352**; Tinetti's Index rho = 243* / 363** and Unipodal Support rho = 221* / 475**. The evaluation of the results revealed an association between nutritional status and functional capacity of the elders no matter what gender; with obesity being a limiting nutritional condition to adequate performance in the tests.

Keywords : Geriatric assessment; Elderly nutrition; Physical activity.

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