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Revista médica de Chile

versión impresa ISSN 0034-9887

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GAJARDO, Jean et al. User perceptions of a public health program to reduce disability among Chilean older adults. Rev. méd. Chile [online]. 2020, vol.148, n.3, pp.304-310. ISSN 0034-9887.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/S0034-98872020000300304.

Background:

The Program “Más Adultos Mayores Autovalentes” (Más AMA) started in 2015 as a strategy for the prevention of disability among older adults.

Aim:

To describe the health benefits, from user's perspective, of the Functional Stimulation Component of the Más AMA program.

Material and Methods:

Eleven focus groups including 97 participants of the Más AMA program were conducted in Northern Metropolitan Santiago municipalities.

Results:

The benefits perceived by Más AMA participants were a reduction in loneliness and isolation, physical reactivation, engagement in activities, and the use of support resources within the community. The relationship with professionals working at Más AMA was described as highly satisfactory.

Conclusions:

The benefits of attending the Más AMA program from the point of view of their users are mainly related with social and affective dimensions, which contrast with the emphasis in physical and cognitive dimensions given by the technical orientation of the Más AMA program.

Palabras clave : Aging; Healthy Aging; Health Promotion; Primary Health Care.

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