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SILVA, Sabrina Piccinelli Zanchettin; MARIN, Maria José Sanches  e  RODRIGUES, Márcia Renata. Living and health conditions of elderly people over 80. Rev. Gaúcha Enferm. [online]. 2015, vol.36, n.3, pp.42-48. ISSN 1983-1447.


This article proposes to describe demographic data and health conditions of elderly people at age 80 or more.


Quantitative-descriptive study of 95 elderlies from five units of the Family Health Strategy in the period from September to December 2013, using script with general data of the living conditions and health, including validated scales in geriatrics and gerontology.


The average age was 85.4 years. There was a predominance of women. Most were widowers with family income, more frequently between 2 or 3 minimum wages and economic participation is for means of sharing responsibility. They present dependency for many of Daily Living Instrumental Activities and, on average, reported 2.2 diseases. Fear of falling, decreased vision and hearing as well as pain in different body regions are reported.


It appears that they have more intense needs than the elderly in general, requiring new ways of organizing their health care.

Palavras-chave : Determination of health care needs; Elderly of 80 years or more; Social conditions.

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