Morbidity study in an elder population

Elizabeth Aparecida de Souza Maria José Scochi Maristela Salete Maraschin About the authors

This study objectified to identify the injuries that affected the elders the most, between the period of 1998 to 2005 and the functional capability of the residents in the scope area of four health basic units of different regions, in the city of Cascavel, state of Paraná, in 2007. The morbidity data were researched in the hospital information system of the Health Unique System, and interviews were made with elders. In the studied period the morbidity almost didn't vary. The general average of diseases refereed by the elders was 2, with a highlight on the cardiovascular ones. Among the interviewed, 136 (96,5%) affirmed to perform all the daily activities, without the assistance of other people. The study shows that it's necessary to implant services dedicated to the chronicle diseases, with focus in the maintenance of the maximum functional capability for as most time as it is possible, valorizing the autonomy and the auto-determination of the elders.

Elderly; Morbidity; Public Policies

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