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Memorias del Instituto de Investigaciones en Ciencias de la Salud

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MEZA-PAREDES, Johana Vanessa; AGUILAR-RABITO, Ana  e  GONZALEZ, Laura. Nutritional status, hand grip strength and functional condition in institutionalized elderly adults. Mem. Inst. Investig. Cienc. Salud [online]. 2022, vol.20, n.3, pp.60-70. ISSN 1812-9528.

Age-specific changes could indirectly affect nutritional status in older adults, with functional dependence being a discouraging episode. To evaluate the nutritional status, the level of manual grasping and the functional condition in institutionalized older adults in the Specialized Center for the elderly dependent on the Social Pressure Institute from the city of San Bernardino in the period of September to October, 2018. Transversal descriptive study with primary data, in which older adults housed in the Specialized Center for Older Adults of San Bernardino were included. Demographic data, nutritional status by MNA, hand grip strength by dynamometry and functional condition through EFAM were measured. Descriptive statistics was used. The work was presented to the Ethics Committee of the Faculty of Medical Sciences of the National University of Asunción. Data from 26 older adults were analyzed, the average age was 76±5 years, and 61.5% were women. A normal nutritional status prevailed in 84.6%, there was a greater tendency to present very bad hand grip strength in women, 22.2% and greater frequency of older adults without risk of dependence, 80.8%. Men had greater dependence than women, 60%. In the study, a normal nutritional status was observed in the sample as well as a very bad grip strength in women. Older adults of the Specialized Center for the elderly of the Social Security Institute present a self-sustaining functional condition without risk.

Palavras-chave : elder adults; grip strength; dependence.

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