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Escola Anna Nery

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SANTOS, George Luiz Alves; SANTANA, Rosimere Ferreira  and  BROCA, Priscilla Valladares. Execution capacity of instrumental activities of daily living in elderly: Ethnonursing. Esc. Anna Nery [online]. 2016, vol.20, n.3, e20160064.  Epub June 07, 2016. ISSN 2177-9465.


To analyze the health and nursing interventions proposed in community groups for the elderly.


Qualitative study, of etnonursing type. The study included 35 aged subjects who were part of a university extension project. Data collection was based on the Observation-Participation-Reflection model, field diary and interviews. Data analysis followed four phases.


The workshops were contextualized as the needs of the elderly to carry out the activities of daily living. Autonomy and independence emerged as health predictors. The living group was referred to as promoter of active aging and healthy culture.


Groups are spaces for possible problematization of demands of the elderly, regarding the implementation of the activities of daily living. Functional capacity, autonomy and independence were determining factors for the health and well -being of the elderly, and they should be the focus of nursing intervention.

Keywords : Nursing; Nursing care; Health of the elderly; Geriatric nursing; Self-help groups.

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