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Revista Brasileira de Geriatria e Gerontologia

Print version ISSN 1809-9823On-line version ISSN 1981-2256


FERREIRA, Marielle Cristina Gonçalves; TURA, Luiz Fernando Rangel; SILVA, Rafael Celestino da  and  FERREIRA, Márcia de Assunção. The Rio Health Gym Program: Daily life, leisure and health of older adults. Rev. bras. geriatr. gerontol. [online]. 2020, vol.23, n.6, e200084.  Epub Oct 12, 2020. ISSN 1981-2256.


to identify the activities performed by older adults as part of the Rio Health Gym Program in their daily lives, and analyze the contributions of these practices to their health and quality of life.


a qualitative, exploratory and descriptive study was conducted using interviews with 30 older adults who attended a health center in the city of Rio de Janeiro (RJ). Lexicographic analysis was performed using the Alceste software program.


five lexical classes were generated. Physical and leisure activities comprised classes 2 and 3. The statements that made up the lexical classes showed that older adults carried out their daily activities with autonomy and independence. According to their assessment, the activities promote the integration of participants, increase social participation and benefit health and quality of life. They attribute their proactivity to participation in the social group.


the activities bring diversity to daily living, increase socialization and leisure opportunities, and consequently improve the health of older people by facilitating social relationships.

Keywords : Health of the Elderly; Quality of Life; Leisure Activities; Motor Activity; Public Policy.

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