Understanding the history of life of institutionalized elderly

Considering that institutionalization often represents the elderly's only possibility of survival, involving suffering and limitations that influence life conditions, this study aims to understand institutionalized elderly´s life history. This is a qualitative research made from eight elderly´s narratives, living in long-term facilities. Interpretation of data was based on the content analysis method thematic modality. The results present similarities in trajectories, marked by disfavoring of social historic content. It may be concluded that attention to the aging process starts in childhood, observing bio-psychosocial conditions of growing and development.

Elderly; Institutionalization; Life Cycle Stages

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