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Revista médica de Chile

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Abstract

ARAYA, Alejandra Ximena; HERRERA, María Soledad; IRIARTE, Evelyn  and  RIOJA, Romina. Changes in social psychological and functional variables among older people attending a day care center. Rev. méd. Chile [online]. 2018, vol.146, n.8, pp.864-871. ISSN 0034-9887.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/s0034-98872018000800864.

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.

Keywords : Adult Day Care Centers; Frail Elderly; Geriatric Assessment.

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