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Type: Artigo de periódico
Title: Body composition and quality of life (QoL) of the elderly offered by the 'University Third Age' (UTA) in Brazil
Author: Sonati, JG
Modeneze, DM
Vilarta, R
Maciel, ES
Boccaletto, EMA
da Silva, CC
Abstract: The investigation of the factors that interfere in the well-being of the elderly and their QoL can provide theoretical and methodological subsidies in structuring actions and policies in the health area, in order to fulfill the needs of that population. In this descriptive transversal study, body composition and QoL of elderly women at the UTA program in Piracicaba (Sao Paulo, Brazil) were verified. The participants were 81 women from UTA, and the general levels of physical activity were evaluated, as well as body weight (BW), height, and bodymass index (BMI). The waist circumference (WC) was measured at the level of the umbilical scar and the body composition by impedance (BIA 310e). QoL was verified by means of WHOQOL-Bref and statistical analysis developed with the SAS program. The decrease of weight, height, BMI, and fat-free mass (FFM) was observed among the several age groups, although with no significant difference. The average levels of the general QoL scores and physical, psychological and environmental domains decreased in higher age groups, but social domains showed the opposite result. This fact can be a particular characteristic of the UTA group, and factors the influence such behavior are yet to be studied. (C) 2010 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.
Subject: Body composition
Quality of life (QoL) of elderly
University Third Age (UTA)
Country: Irlanda
Editor: Elsevier Ireland Ltd
Citation: Archives Of Gerontology And Geriatrics. Elsevier Ireland Ltd, v. 52, n. 1, n. E31, n. E35, 2011.
Rights: fechado
Identifier DOI: 10.1016/j.archger.2010.04.010
Date Issue: 2011
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