Subjective aspects of aging Medellín's social support net and senior aticens' autonomy

Authors

  • Doris Cardona Arango Universidad de Antioquia
  • Alejandro Estrada Restrepo Universidad de Antioquia
  • Héctor Byron Agudelo García Universidad de Antioquia

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.17533/udea.iee.3001

Abstract

Aiming to identify and to analyse the availability and autonomy of the social support nets serving the Medellín senior citizens population, in 2002, a 637 elders survey was carried through a randomized selection process between the 6498 old-age telephone subscribers inscribed in the 2002 Quality-of-life Survey.

Family is the best informal net provider of support for 90% of the senior citizens. It is a vital factor providing well-being and satisfaction to them. Formal nets like social organization are cited by 28% of them.

The senior citizens perception about their skills and abilities to perform daily routines, was assessed in its relative importance in order to enhace personal autonomy and self-esteem. Accordingly it was found that 96% of them were able to perform the basic daily physical activities, 90% the basic social activities and 80% the instrumental activities.

Key words: Seniors, Social Support, Aging poblation, Autonomy, Old age.

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Author Biographies

Doris Cardona Arango, Universidad de Antioquia

Universidad de Antioquia. Facultad Nacional de Salud Pública

Alejandro Estrada Restrepo, Universidad de Antioquia

Universidad de Antioquia. Escuela Nutrición y Dietética.

Héctor Byron Agudelo García, Universidad de Antioquia

Universidad de Antioquia. Facultad Nacional de Salud Pública

Published

2008-06-24

How to Cite

Cardona Arango, D., Estrada Restrepo, A., & Agudelo García, H. B. (2008). Subjective aspects of aging Medellín’s social support net and senior aticens’ autonomy. Investigación Y Educación En Enfermería, 21(2). https://doi.org/10.17533/udea.iee.3001

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ORIGINAL ARTICLES / ARTÍCULOS ORIGINALES / ARTIGOS ORIGINAIS