Evaluation of the presence of family caregivers of elderly with cognitive and functional deficits living in Belo Horizonte-MG, Brazil

Amanda Cristina de Carvalho Miranda Samanta Rodrigues Sérgio Grazielle Neves Soares Fonseca Silvânia Márcia Candian Coelho Joyce Soares Rodrigues Cláudia Lins Cardoso Janine Gomes Cassiano About the authors


Detect elderly with cognitive and functional decline living in the area covered by a basic health unit BHU in Belo Horizonte-MG, Brazil, describe their profile and assess the presence of family caregivers.


Cross-sectional study from research of Programa de Educação pelo Trabalho em Saúde PET-Saúde, in the área of Elderly Health Care. From the whole sample, were selected for analysis elderly individuals with Mini-Mental State Examination MMSE less than 18, totaling 91 individuals. We analyzed age, gender, income, education, grip strength, living alone and having family caregiver.


25% of the subjects interviewed had MMSE less than 18. Among these, 80% were women, ages ranged between 60 and 96 years, 12% lived alone, 85% had no family caregiver. Overall, they had low levels of education and income; 52.31% of those who underwent handgrip strength measurement can be considered pre-frail.


Most elderly in this study do not have family caregivers, in addition, there are elderly with cognitive and functional deficits living alone.

Elderly; Frail Elderly; Health Vulnerability; Caregivers; Family

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