Dança sénior como prática integrativa e complementar de saúde ao Sistema Universal de Saúde na XXIII Região Administrativa do Distrito Federal-Brasil

  • Suerlene Agustinho Pereira Borges (Student)

Student thesis: Master's Thesis


According to WHO, the elderly are the fastest growing Brazilian population segment,with growth rates of more than 4% per year, in the period from 2012 to 2022. An elderlypopulation that is in great demand demands specific needs, mainly in the context of theprovision of health services of quality. In this scenario, dance emerges as an integrativeactivity, where music allows to create a pleasant social context and favorable to themaintenance of the activity with a view to healthy aging. This investigation aimed todescribe the Senior Dance® as an Integrative and Complementary Health Practice to theUniversal Health System, in the perception of the elderly in a Senior Center in the FederalDistrict, Brazil. This is a descriptive study, with a qualitative approach, by conductinginterviews with 10 participants of Senior Dance at a Senior Center of Varjão in the FederalDistrict. The sample is characterized by an average age of 76.2 years, 90% of whom arefemale, mostly widows, with a family income of one minimum wage, and low education.The senses and meanings of Senior Dance presented are positive and emanate feelings ofjoy, satisfaction and social belonging, as well as a series of benefits are listed by theinterviewees. The Dance is a therapeutic resource yet to be better approached andanalyzed. However, in the present time, it already comprises the totality of being, and, asa repertoire of integrative practice, it is capable of contributing to better health conditionsfor the elderly in Varjão/DF.
Date of Award25 Jan 2022
Original languagePortuguese
Awarding Institution
  • Universidade Católica Portuguesa
SupervisorAntónio Manuel Fonseca (Supervisor)


  • Aged
  • Health of the elderly
  • Complementary therapies
  • Senior centers
  • Senior dance


  • Mestrado em Gerontologia Social Aplicada

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