SciELO - Scientific Electronic Library Online

vol.146 issue8Cerebral ptosis. Analysis of six casesRisk of cognitive impairment among older people with diabetes or family history of the disease author indexsubject indexarticles search
Home Pagealphabetic serial listing  

Services on Demand




Related links

  • On index processCited by Google
  • Have no similar articlesSimilars in SciELO
  • On index processSimilars in Google


Revista médica de Chile

Print version ISSN 0034-9887


ARAYA, Alejandra Ximena; HERRERA, María Soledad; IRIARTE, Evelyn  and  RIOJA, Romina. Changes in social psychological and functional variables among older people attending a day care center. Rev. méd. Chile [online]. 2018, vol.146, n.8, pp.864-871. ISSN 0034-9887.


Older people attending day care centers improve their social activities, perception of quality of life and reduce their institutionalization rate and risk of mortality in the medium term.


To evaluate the changes in the integral geriatric assessment and frailty of a group of older people attending a day care center in Santiago.

Material and Methods:

Health self-perception, integral geriatric assessment, Barthel scale, frailty indicators, mini-mental state scale, Yesavage depression score and a scale about solitude perception were evaluated in 35 participants aged 73 ± 6 years on admission and at discharge from a day care center for older people.


At discharge, significant improvements were observed for depression, perception of social support and physical frailty. However, no changes in functional status, cognitive function and perception of solitude were observed.


Older people attending improve their perception of social support and decrease their frailty and depression scores.

Keywords : Adult Day Care Centers; Frail Elderly; Geriatric Assessment.

        · text in Spanish     · Spanish ( pdf )