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Interests of individual activities in elderly institutionalized persons

Author(s): Maasoumeh Rasoulzadeh | Aliakbar Pahlavanian | Mohamad Amozadeh khalili | Ziaeddin Safavi Farokhi

Journal: Koomesh
ISSN 1608-7046

Volume: 10;
Issue: 01;
Start page: 43;
Date: 2008;
Original page

Keywords: Elderly | Individual interest | Physical exercise | Cultural - educational activities | Activities daily living.

Introduction: The elderly is an important period of human growth. The elderly persons have theirown needs and individual interests. Social and cultural cognition models respect to the elderly personsshould be recognized. The purpose of this study was to determine the items on interests on individualactivities in the elderly person.Materials and Methods: This is a descriptive-analytical study. The interest checklist wasadministered to 80 elderly between 65-85 years. The subjects resided in 8 Institutionalized places inTehran, sponsored by Tehran Welfare Organization. The items on the interests checklist empiricallycluster in to the 3 categories of interests described by Matsutsuyua and Klyczek tool.Results: The results indicated the 3 categories of individual activities that most in the activitiesdaily living set including, the attention to appearance and dressing, shopping and the women wereinteresting in cooking of (more than 80%). The most interests in the cultural - educational setactivities, including religious studies, attending in lectures, scientific studies, saying the prays and menthe concert and historical studies (more than 80%). The most interests in the physical activities setincluding working- out, body building and the men swimming (more than 70%).Conclusion: The results of the present study suggest that the elderly of both sex interested in someactivities including activities daily living, educational-cultural and physical exercises. Also somedifferent interests observed between male and female subjects, i.e.; males interested in swimming,concert, study of chronological and females interested in cooking.
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