Elderly with ischemic stroke: social-demographic and functional characterization
Chrystiany Plácido de Brito Vieira
Ana Virgínia de Melo Fialho
Paulo César de Almeida
Thereza Maria Magalhães Moreira
Aged, Stroke, Nursing.
The objective was to describe the social-demographic and functional characteristics of elderly after ischemic stroke. Descriptive quantitative study carried out with a sample of accessibility of 52 elderly patients with ischemic stroke, in a health service in Fortaleza-CE-Brazil, between May and August 2009. We calculated the average and standard deviation for continuous variables and chi-square test to compare proportions in categorical variables. The results showed that 37 (71.2%) were between 60 and 79 years old, 43 (82.7%) lived in Fortaleza, 30 (57.7%) were married, with average family income of 2.5 minimum wages and 16 (30.8%) had a family history of the illness. The proportion of elderly was uniformly distributed in the range of disability and dependency (p=0.972 and p=0.780). The knowledge of the profile of the elderly is crucial because their quality of life has a strong connection with their social and economic reality, as well as with their functional capacity.