A novel method for targeting and characterizing healthy older people

Carrasco, Marcela; Martinez, Gabriel; Foradori, Arnaldo; Hoyl, Trinidad; Valenzuela, Eduardo; Quiroga, Teresa; Gac, Homero; Ihle, Sofia; Paulo Marin, Pedro


Background: There is no established definition-of healthy aging in clinical practice, although it is a World Health Organization goal. Aim: To develop a clinical protocol to identify healthy older people living in the community and study their clinical, laboratory and functional characteristics. Material and Methods: Healthy people aged 60 years or older, were invited to participate in the study, by newspapers and radio, if they self-perceived as healthy, lived in the community, were functionally independent and had low disease burden. Potential participants were initially screened by telephone, and those who met the inclusion criteria were included. They had a comprehensive geriatric assessment which included clinical, anthropometric, laboratory and functional assessments. Results: 01384 people who answered the call, 83 subjects aged 60 to 98 years (57% women) met the inclusion criteria of healthy older people. Severity eight percent did not consume any medication, 100% were able to perform physical activities that required at least three metabolic equivalents (Mets). Basic laboratory showed that approximately 90% of subjects had normal values, using standard benchmarks established for an adult population. Conclusions: The protocol used in this work was able to identify healthy older people with low disease burden and good functionality It also validated history and comprehensive geriatric assessment as reliable instruments to identify these subjects (Rev Med Chile 2010; 138: 1077-1083)

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Título según WOS: A novel method for targeting and characterizing healthy older people
Título de la Revista: REVISTA MEDICA DE CHILE
Volumen: 138
Número: 9
Editorial: Sociedad Médica de Santiago
Fecha de publicación: 2010
Página de inicio: 1077
Página final: 1083
Notas: ISI