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Escola Anna Nery

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Abstract

MELO, Beatriz Rodrigues de Souza et al. Cognitive and functional assessment about elderly people users of health public service. Esc. Anna Nery [online]. 2017, vol.21, n.4, e20160388.  Epub Aug 10, 2017. ISSN 2177-9465.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/2177-9465-ean-2016-0388.

Objective:

To evaluate the functional capacity, cognition and mood in three different care models for older adults.

Method:

A cross-sectional study conducted in 2014 with 140 older adults (37 institutionalized, 53 hospitalized and 50 outpatients). The MMSE, Clock Drawing Test (CDT), Activities of Daily Living Scale - ADLs (Katz, Lawton) and the Geriatric Depression Scale (GDS) were applied.

Results:

Of those institutionalized, the majority were totally dependent for ADLs and 100% presented cognitive decline. Of those hospitalized and the outpatients, the majority were independent for ADLs, with 62.3% and 48.0% presenting cognitive decline, respectively. The minority presented depressive symptoms. The results indicated that age was a predictor of cognitive decline and the likelihood of prevalence in hospitalized and outpatient older adults increased by 8.7% for each year of life.

Conclusion:

It is important to pay attention to the cognitive and functional performance of older adults with the aim of preventing their decline, which is so frequent in the public health services in Brazil.

Keywords : Older adult; Daily Activities; Cognition.

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