Activity status of elderly residents

laili Alipour, z Safari, A Davazdah-Emami


Introduction: Growing needs of the elderly patients is an essential concern in many societies specially in the field of treatment and health care, prevailing safe 1ife style and a supportive environment. Activity can build self-confidence in these patients and protect them against immobility.

Methods: In a descriptive study on the elderly patients over 65 years of age, 125 subjects were randomly selected. Their daily activities were investigated by Barthel index and a checklist including 10 activities through interviews and observations. Personal characteristics and questions on personal health evaluation were asked simultaneously. The data were analyzed by t-test, ANOVA and Pearson coefficient test using SPSS software.

Results: The subjects were 44% male elderly patients and 59% females with the mean age and SD of 70.78±5.6 years. Their residence status was 94% permanent and 6% temporary. Their attitudes concerning their health in 83% was average to very negative. Other findings based on Barthel index showed that 2% had average physical activity and 98% had low physical activity. Daily physical activity had an association with sex, type of residence and having a physically restrictive disease. ANOVA showed a significant association of time of residence and the attitude towards health as a result of elderly daily physical activities.

Conclusion: Physical disability can be a major factor in health satisfaction feeling. The elderly actually have more disabilities and need help for their daily activities


Daily activities, elderly, nursing home


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