Health conditions of young and old elderly


  • Cibelle Barbosa Reis
  • Rozeli Santos de Jesus
  • Carla Silvana de Oliveira e Silva
  • Lucinéia de Pinho



Aged, Aging, Health Status, Primary Health Care.


Objective: to evaluate the elderly about the socio-demographic profile and health conditions in the age groups from 60 to 75 years old (“young” elderly) and above 76 years (“old” elderly). Methods: this is a cross-sectional study and home based. The data were collected applying a questionnaire based on the model developed by the Older Americans Resources and Services. Results: 118 elderly participated in the study, being 68.6% “young”, 58% illiterate, 85.2% with income less than two minimum wages and 70.4% with non-white skin. The “old” elderly had a higher proportion of loss of the companion (p=0.002), non-communicable chronic diseases (p=0.023) and dependence to perform activities of daily living (p=0.036). Both age groups had low physical activity, excessive consumption of medicaments and chewing problems. Conclusion: the model of health facing the elderly, should not be restricted to treatment of diseases but cover their functional capacity.




How to Cite

Reis, C. B., Jesus, R. S. de, Silva, C. S. de O. e, & de Pinho, L. (2016). Health conditions of young and old elderly. Rev Rene, 17(1), 120–127.



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