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Revista médica de Chile

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CORTES N, Alma Rosa et al. Cross sectional geriatric assessment of Mexican older people. Rev. méd. Chile [online]. 2011, vol.139, n.6, pp.725-731. ISSN 0034-9887.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/S0034-98872011000600005.

Background: Due to the progressive aging of our population, it is imperative to evaluate the life conditions and health limitations of older people. Aim: To report the results of an integral geriatric evaluation of Mexican older people. Material and Methods: A cross-sectional assessment of 324 older subjects of a median age of 70 years (57% females) beneficiaries of the Mexican Institute of Social Security of the city of Querétaro. Social, demographic, medical, functional and cognitive variables were evaluated. Results: Of the studied subjects, 37% were illiterate, 61% lived with a partner and 47% were dedicated to household activities. Thirty three percent had visual impairment, 54% had hearing impairment, 39% had urinary incontinence, 26% reported falls in the last six months, 34% had nutritional problems, 38% were functionally dependent, 49% had sleeping problems, 25% had cognitive impairment and 25% had depression. Conclusions: The general health outlook of this population is encouraging, considering that more than half are not functionally impaired.

Keywords : Aged; Geriatric assessment; México.

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