CAROTID RESISTANCE, QUALITY OF LIFE AND FUNCTIONAL AUTONOMY OF ELDERLY INDIVIDUALS SUBMITTED TO AQUATIC TRAINING
Y. Pires da Silveira Fontenele de Meneses, R. Gomes de Sousa Vale, T.M. Campos, A. de Fátima Dornelas de Andrade
J Aging Res Clin Practice 2012;1(1):6-9
The present study aimed to evaluate modifications in carotid resistance, quality of life and functional autonomy among elderly individuals submitted to water resistance training. The sample was composed of 34 women aged 66 ± 3.2 years, divided into2 groups, intervention (HG=21) and control group (CG=13). Arterial resistance was assessed using Doppler ultrasound, quality of life by applying the WHOQOL-100 questionnaire and functional autonomy through activities of daily living tests. Intervention lasted 12 weeks. No significant differences were found for carotid resistance and quality of life. The 10mWT test showed statistical significance with reduced execution time. Positive correlation was recorded between the RVDP test and the psychological and personal belief domains of QOL. In conclusion, 12 weeks of hydrogymnastic sessions was not sufficient to reduce carotid artery resistance and cause significant improvements in quality of life among sedentary elderly. Nevertheless, it did increase functional autonomy and demonstrated correlation between the walking test and quality of life in the aged.