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MEZA-PAREDES, Johana; AGUILAR-RABITO, Ana  e  DIAZ, Alberto. Quality of life in the elderly in peri-urban areas of Asunción, Paraguay. Rev. Soc. cient. Parag. [online]. 2020, vol.25, n.1, pp.6-19. ISSN 2617-4731.

Introduction. Life quality is the state of well being physical, social, emotional, spiritual, intellectual and occupational that allows someone to satisfy appropriately his or her needs, either individually or jointly. Goal. Evaluate the data of life quality and physical activity in older adults living in nursing homes in between the suburban zone of the capital city Asunción. Materials and methods. Transversal descriptive study, the population of study was about older people living in nursing homes in suburban zones of the capital city Asuncion during the period of February-March 2015. The demographic data was measured, also the life quality index by the FUMAT scale and physical activity through the international questionnaire for physical activity IPAQ. Results. In total, we had 33 older adults’ participants from four nursing homes. The age average was of 74±7 years old. The 67 % were men. In between the dimensions that include life quality, the most disadvantaged aspects were the rights and financial situation. Most of older people (51.5 %) presented a low index of life quality. Any of them presented a high index of it. The lowest quality of life was observed in the elderly home; regarding sex, in women and in those who had reached the university level. Most of these older people were sedentary, presenting an average of 7 hours sitting down. Conclusion. The index of life quality is medium low. The aspects related to rights, welfare and the self-determination of adults are the most disadvantaged. They actually present no physical activity at all.

Palavras-chave : older adults; quality of life; physical activity.

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