Changes in social psychological and functional variables among older people attending a day care center

Alejandra Ximena Araya, María Soledad Herrera, Evelyn Iriarte, Romina Rioja

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Abstract

Background: Older people attending day care centers improve their social activities, perception of quality of life and reduce their institutionalization rate and risk of mortality in the medium term. Aim: To evaluate the changes in the integral geriatric assessment and frailty of a group of older people attending a day care center in Santiago. Material and Methods: Health self-perception, integral geriatric assessment, Barthel scale, frailty indicators, mini-mental state scale, Yesavage depression score and a scale about solitude perception were evaluated in 35 participants aged 73 ± 6 years on admission and at discharge from a day care center for older people. Results: At discharge, significant improvements were observed for depression, perception of social support and physical frailty. However, no changes in functional status, cognitive function and perception of solitude were observed. Conclusions: Older people attending improve their perception of social support and decrease their frailty and depression scores.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)864-871
Number of pages8
JournalRevista Medica de Chile
Volume146
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2018

Keywords

  • Adult day care centers
  • Frail elderly
  • Geriatric assessment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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