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Revista Brasileira de Geriatria e Gerontologia

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CUNHA, Rubens César Lucena da et al. Effects of the research of hiking related the profiles of functional autonomy in elderly women supported by the family health program. Rev. bras. geriatr. gerontol. [online]. 2010, vol.13, n.2, pp.255-265. ISSN 1809-9823.

OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effects of a walking program on levels of functional autonomy of elderly participants of the Family Health Program. METHODS: In this experimental study, the sample was randomly divided into: experimental group (EG, n = 58, age: 67 ± 6 years) and a control group (n = 40, age: 70 ± 6 years). All were physically active but without a rigorous program of regular physical activity. Functional autonomy was evaluated by the battery of tests of the Group of Latin American Development to Maturity (GDLAM), comprising: walk 10m (C10M), rising from a seated position (LPS), rising from the prone position (LPDV), rising from his chair and moving around the house (LCLC) and test and get a dress shirt (VTC). These tests result in GDLAM index (GI). The intervention program was conducted in weekly frequency of three times, with intensity ranging from 55% to 75% of maximum heart rate. RESULTS: In the intragroup analysis, one could observe a significant improvement in the SG in all tests GDLAM and IG (Δ =- 4.13, p = 0.0001), although the GC obtained a significant worsening in all GDLAM tests and IG (Δ = +0.05, p = 0.0001). In intergroup comparison, the GE was superior to GC in all tests (p <0.05) and IG (Δ =- 8.23, p = 0.0001). CONCLUSIONS: It can be inferred that the GE, after undergoing regular walking activity and controlled, had improved the level of functional autonomy, compared to the initial and the GC. Number of clinical register: NCT00981734

Keywords : Walking; Personal Autonomy; Aged; Women; Family Health Program; Aging; Life Style; Functionality.

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