Revista Egitania Sciencia - Volume 11 | ARTICLE


Author: Ermelinda Maria Bernardo Gonçalves Marques (

Publication: Revista Egitania Sciencia - Volume 11

The main objective of this work is to get to know the elderly’s perception about their quality of live, as well as identify and analyse the determining factors of this quality of lie. The study took place in an extension of the Centro de Saúde da Guarda (Health Center of Guarda) and 55 interviews were made to elderly people.
The elderly tend to identify a better quality of life in the mental health scope and emotional performance and social function in the SF-36 scale. They identify less quality of life in the physical performance, vitality and corporal pain. As far as change in health is concerned, which is to say, their current health when compared to their health a year ago, we concluded that they consider it slightly worst.
The factors that can influence their quality of life are statistically registered in one or more dimensions of the scale SF-36, as far as genre, age, education, income support need, suffering from a disease, independence level, depression or social support are concerned.

Keywords: Ageing, elderly people, quality of life

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