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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 139-142

Effects of a physical activity program on the quality of life among elderly people in Brazil


1 Department of Mental Health, Instituto de Medicina Integral Prof. Fernando Figueira, Rua dos Coelhos, 300, Recife, Brazil
2 Department of Pediatrics, Faculdade Pernambucana de Sa˙de, Rua Jean ╔mile Favre 422, Recife, Brazil
3 Department of Mother and Child Care, Instituto de Medicina Integral Prof. Fernando Figueira, Rua dos Coelhos, 300, Recife, Brazil
4 Department of Biostatistics, Instituto de Medicina Integral Prof. Fernando Figueira, Rua dos Coelhos, 300, Recife, Brazil

Correspondence Address:
JoŃo Guilherme Alves
Department of Mother and Child Care, Instituto de Medicina Integral Prof. Fernando Figueira, Rua dos Coelhos, 300, Boa Vista, Recife, PE 50070 550
Brazil
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/2249-4863.184639

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Purpose: To assess the quality of life (QOL) of elderly people in the "Academia da Cidade program" (ACP), a public Brazilian Government Program encourages physical and leisure activity in Recife, Brazil. Materials and Methods: This cross-sectional study evaluated 181 elderly people attending the "ACP" at least twice a week. Demographic, socioeconomic, and clinical data were presented according to World Health Organization QOL (WHOQOL)-BREF and WHOQOL-OLD scores. Results: Univariate analysis showed that WHOQOL-BREF and WHOQOL-OLD scores were positively associated with longer duration of participation in "ACP," P < 0.030 and P < 0.003, respectively, a multivariate regression analysis showed that duration of participation in "ACP" remained associated with higher WHOQOL-BREF (P = 0.023) and WHOQOL-OLD (P = 0.038) scores. Conclusion: A longer duration of participation in a community-based physical activity program, "ACP," may contribute to a better QOL for the elderly in Brazil.


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