Today's challenges and the desire for better social and health conditions continually create new expectations and goals for health development. These events represent challenges in the practice of Community Nursing Specialists, in strategic health planning, in the development of intervention projects and in the construction of indicators that demonstrate the quality of interventions as well as health gains. In this sense, this report appears, which describes the community intervention project “The enhancement of physical activity in the elderly: a strategy for the prevention of falls”, within the scope of the Final Stage and Report Course, of the Master's Course in Nursing with Specialization in Community Nursing (EEC) of the Institute of Health Sciences - Porto (ICS) of Universidade Católica Portuguesa (UCP). The lack of physical exercise in the daily routine of the elderly and their history of falls was the problem I identified. After contacting the elderly population, I found that most people over 65 had already had a fall in the last year and were not used to physical exercise. In addition, they did not see falls as a potential factor in decreasing quality of life, due to the consequences that may result, nor a factor in decreasing autonomy in self-care. In the elderly population, more concretely, there is evidence that physical activity reduces the risk of falls and injuries related to falls, prevents or mitigates functional limitations and appears as an effective treatment for several chronic diseases The general, specific and operational objectives established for the activities were mostly achieved. Monitoring and evaluation were carried out using grids designed for this purpose, using the analysis of the various activity and result indicators defined. Both activities were subjected to an assessment by those present, in two aspects: content and trainer. The implementation of this project contributed to the process of training the elderly with regard to physical exercise, to the encouragement of greater health literacy, a culture of well-being and to the motivation in the realization of personal life projects, elderly people participating in the project.
|Date of Award||15 Jun 2020|
- Universidade Católica Portuguesa
|Supervisor||João Neves-Amado (Supervisor)|
- Community nursing
- Physical exercise