Functionality of Elderly Persons: A Comparison Between Institutionalized and Non – Institutionalized Elderly Persons in Nairobi City County, in Kenya
World Journal of Public Health
Volume 3, Issue 1, March 2018, Pages: 9-15
Received: Dec. 1, 2017; Accepted: Dec. 23, 2017; Published: Mar. 23, 2018
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Judy Wairimu Mugo, Department of Population and Reproductive Health, School of Public Health, Kenyatta University, Nairobi, Kenya
Vincent Onywera, Department of Recreation Management and Exercise Science, School of Pure and Applied Sciences, Kenyatta University, Nairobi, Kenya
Judith Waudo, Department of Food, Nutrition and Dietetics, School of Pure and Applied Sciences, Kenyatta University, Nairobi, Kenya
Ochieng George Otieno, Department of Health Management and Informatics, School of Public Health, Kenyatta University, Nairobi, Kenya
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This study compared the Functionality of Institutionalized elderly persons and that of the elderly persons living with their family and or community members using the Modified Barthel Index. Two hundred and seventy elderly men and women who met the inclusion criteria were sampled, 135 from 4 Institutions namely Mji wa Huruma, Nyumba ya Wazee Ruaraka, Kariobangi Cheshire home and Mother Teresa in Huruma and 135 from Gumba, Kariobangi, Huruma and Kawangware divisions. Data were coded and entered using EPI Info version 9 and were analyzed using SPSS version 17. There were more totally dependent elderly at Institutions (13.6%), compared to 3% who were Non-institutionalized. The majority of those who were able to independently go in and out of their house and in and out of bed or wheel chair were living in the Institutions of the elderly. There were no gender differences in performing ADLs. More men than women were found to have pressure sores and bed sores. The study will reference for similar studies in Kenya and other parts of the world and prompt tertiary institutions of learning to design new training programs and review existing programs to address the Functionality needs of the growing population of Elderly persons.
Elderly, Functionality, Institutions of the Elderly Persons
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Judy Wairimu Mugo, Vincent Onywera, Judith Waudo, Ochieng George Otieno, Functionality of Elderly Persons: A Comparison Between Institutionalized and Non – Institutionalized Elderly Persons in Nairobi City County, in Kenya, World Journal of Public Health. Vol. 3, No. 1, 2018, pp. 9-15. doi: 10.11648/j.wjph.20180301.12
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