Revista Brasileira de Geriatria e Gerontologia
Print version ISSN 1809-9823
BAJOTTO, Aletheia Peters and GOLDIM, José Roberto. Evaluation of the quality of life and decision-making capacity in elderly participating in sociotherapic groups in Arroio do Meio city, Brazil. Rev. bras. geriatr. gerontol. [online]. 2011, vol.14, n.4, pp. 753-761. ISSN 1809-9823. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1809-98232011000400014.
The aim of the study was to evaluate the domains of quality of life (WHOQOL-OLD Questionnaire) and the ability of decision-making (Questionnaire for Evaluation of the Moral and Psychological Development) of elderly who took part of the socio-therapeutic groups of Arroio do Meio city, Rio Grande do Sul state, Brazil. The research was described as transversal, observative, descriptive, developed among individuals participating in "elderly groups". From the sample formed by 133 elderly, "Intimacy" obtained the most expressive average (69.12 + 23.52). "Autonomy" obtained the lowest average (38.68 + 16.76) and the average of "The psycho-moral development" was 4.4, placed in the phase of "Awareness". The elderly from Arroio do Meio are satisfied with the ability of establishing intimate and personal relationships and with social participation in the community. They have low global score on quality of life, but are totally able of taking their own decisions.
Keywords : Elderly; Quality of Life; Decision Making; Behavior.