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Epidemiology and policy
P1-304 Association between quality of life and nutrition status of older adults in a medium- sized city in SÃo Paulo State, Brazil
  1. L B de Souza1,
  2. J E Corrente1
  1. 1Graduate Program in Collective Health, Botucatu School of Medicine, UNESP, Botucatu, São Paulo, Brazil
  2. 2Department of Biostatistics, Biosciences Institute, UNESP, Botucatu, São Paulo, Brazil

Abstract

Introduction In the last few decades, population growth patterns have shown high figures for older adults. Accentuated increase in the number of older individuals, particularly in developed countries, has brought consequences to society, and in order to face such challenge, it is necessary to identify the determinant causes of older persons' present health and life conditions.

Objective This study aimed at evaluating the existence of an association between quality of life and nutritional status in a sample of older residents in the city of Botucatu - São Paulo, Brazil.

Methodology It was an epidemiological, cross-sectional, population-based study on individuals aged 60 years or older. A home interview was conducted with 96 elders. Their anthropometric measures were obtained and a Flanagan Quality of Life Scale (FQOLS) was applied.

Results The older individuals' mean age individuals was 74.1±7 years. Most of them were females (60%), poorly educated, married (62.11%) and retired (84.21%). According to FQOLS, 72.62% reported to be satisfied about their quality of life. As to nutritional status, it was found that 41% of the participants were overweight. Anthropometric measurements reduced as age advanced, although such reduction was not always significant. No significant association was observed between anthropometric measurements or nutritional status and quality of life.

Conclusions Although the majority of the older people reported to have good quality of life, obesity is still a factor of concern at this age range, and nutritional intervention programs as well as incentive to healthy diets should be recommended.

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