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Joghataei M T, Nejati V. Assessment of Health Status of Elderly People in the City of Kashan. Salmand: Iranian Journal of Ageing 2006; 1 (1) :3-10
URL: http://salmandj.uswr.ac.ir/article-1-26-en.html
1- University of Social Welfare and Rehabilitation Sciences, Tehran, Iran. , joghataei@tums.ac.ir
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Objectives: In the first of 20th century average years of old has not been 50 years, but today it is more than 75 years. The purpose of this study is evaluation of elderly health status in Kashan including psychological health, cognitive health, balance and gait status, nutrition health and risk of bed sore. Practical goal of the study is assessment of health needs in elderly and prevention of the common disease of elderly in society.

Methods & Materials: The population of this descriptive analytical research were Kashanian with age of 55 and more. The sampling method had used in this research was simple incidental method. For gathering the information, the questionnaire was referred to the elderly and they filled the supposed questionnaires.

Result: the two-common disease are musculoskeletal and cardiovascular (41.7%). Base on finding 63.8% of Kashan elderly are at the risk of nutrition deficiency and 5.8% have nutrition deficiency. The geriatric depression scale used for evaluation of depression. There is 34.2% elderly with severe depression. Five percent of them have severe cognitive disorders, other 47.5% have mild one and 17.5% with cognitive health. The activity of daily living is in 81. 7% of population without any dependence and in 13.3% with dependence and in 5% with complete dependence. The risk of bed sore is in 3.3% of population very high.

 Conclusion: the high frequency of Kashan elderly problems shows that this society needs rehabilitation and treatment. The education priorities in this population are " Prevention of musculoskeletal and cardiovascular disease.

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Type of Study: Research | Subject: General
Received: 2006/06/01 | Accepted: 2006/08/01 | Published: 2006/10/01

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