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Revista Brasileira de Geriatria e Gerontologia

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GUIMARAES, Adriana Coutinho de Azevedo et al. Perception of quality of life and finitude of middle-aged adults and elderly practitioners and non-practitioners of physical activity. Rev. bras. geriatr. gerontol. [online]. 2012, vol.15, n.4, pp.661-670. ISSN 1809-9823.

OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to investigate the influence of physical activity on perceived quality of life (QOL) and finitude of individuals practicing and non-practicing physical activity and dance in the dance halls of Florianopolis city, state of Santa Catarina, Brazil. METHODS: Participants were 195 individuals for convenience with a mean age of 63.7 ± 9.6 years, 119 of the dance halls, 50 physically active (AF), and 26 who did not perform AF. We opted for a self-administered questionnaire composed of previously validated instruments (abbreviated Whoqol and Finitude by Sheppard). The analysis was descriptive and inferential through Chi square test and ANOVA. RESULTS: The quality of life can be considered positive with scores ranging from 70.3 to 58.9% between their domains, having a positive perception of finitude, in which the group performs dance (79.8%) stood out in relation to the others (p = 0.035). CONCLUSION: According to the results, it is understood that the practice of dance as AF can contribute to the positive perception of QOL and finitude.

Keywords : Dance; Therapy for dance; Quality of Life; Physical Activity; Finiteness; Florianópolis - SC.

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