SciELO - Scientific Electronic Library Online

vol.9 issue3Health care networks in nursing training: interpretations based on primary health careSociodemographic factors associated with the degree of physical disability in leprosy author indexsubject indexarticles search
Home Pagealphabetic serial listing  

Services on Demand




Related links

  • On index processCited by Google
  • Have no similar articlesSimilars in SciELO
  • On index processSimilars in Google


Revista Cuidarte

Print version ISSN 2216-0973On-line version ISSN 2346-3414


SANTOS, Vanei Pimentel et al. Health profile in very elderly people with social vulnerability in the community. Rev Cuid [online]. 2018, vol.9, n.3, pp.2322-2337. ISSN 2216-0973.


Population aging is a worldwide phenomenon related to various health conditions in the society, as well as economic, social, cultural, and demographic changes resulting from the reduction in fertility rate and the increase in life expectancy.


To analyze the health profile of very elderly residents of the municipality of Aracaju (State of Sergipe, Brazil), who are living in their social context.

Materials and Methods

This is a cross-sectional, quantitative study of 601 very elderly people in Aracaju, using the “Mini-Mental State Examination” (MEEM) instrument and general data showing socioeconomic and clinical aspects.


77 (12.8%) did not reach the MEEM cut-off point, 369 (70.5%) were female and 155(29.5%) were male; 217 (41.4%) had incomplete schooling; 359 (68.6%) had high blood pressure; 143 (27.3%) were hypercholesterolemic; 122 (23.3%) were diabetic; 175 (33.5%) had arthrosis.

Discussion and Conclusions

The elderly population is more vulnerable to chronic pathologies such as hypertension, diabetes mellitus, hypercholesteremia, arthrosis, and critical situations in their daily activities such as falls and self-medication. Therefore, it is necessary to pay attention to the health profile of the very elderly population.

Keywords : Health Profile; Old Age Assistance; Nursing; Health Promotion. Health Vulnerability.

        · abstract in Portuguese | Spanish     · text in Portuguese     · Portuguese ( pdf )