Comparative study of functional autonomy in physically active and sedentary elderly women


  • Valéria Soares de Jesus Santana Universidade Tiradentes, Aracaju, Brasil
  • Simone Figueiredo Freitas de Campos Universidade Tiradentes, Aracaju, Brasil
  • Nilson Mascarenhas Santos Universidade Tiradentes, Aracaju, Brasil
  • Delson Lustosa de Figueiredo Universidade Federal do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
  • Fabiana Rodrigues Scartoni Universidade Católica de Petrópolis, Petrópolis, Brasil
  • Estelio Henrique Martin Dantas Universidade Federal do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil



Functional Autonomy, Physical Inactive, Physical Active, Elderly Woman


This research aimed to compare the functional autonomy between physically inactive and physically active elderly women. In this study, the sample was divided into one group of inactive elderly women (GI; n = 28, age 67,64 ± 7,73) and one group of physically active elderly women (GPA; n = 28, age 68,64 ± 8,40). The functional autonomy was evaluated through the tests of Latin-American Development Group for the Elderly (GDLAM), based on: walking 10 meters (W10m), getting up from a sitting position (SUSP), standing up from a lying position (SULP), stand up from a chair and walk straightaway (SUCWA), dress and undress T-shirt (DUT) and GDLAM Index (GI). In the correlation of the groups, it can be observed that GPA showed better values on tests than GS and the significative difference (p < 0,05) into groups on tests (W10m, SUSP, SULP, SUCWA and GI). It can be inferred that GPA showed a better level of functional autonomy than GI, confirming scientific recommendations about the benefic effects of physical activity on functional capacity.



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