Health Status in Student's Elderly Relatives

Monday, July 11, 2011: 10:35 AM

Daniel Sifuentes Leura, RN
María Magdalena Delabra Salinas, RN
Martha Alicia Magallanes Monrreal, RN
Maricruz Ortiz Peña, BS
Francisca Torres Hernandez, RN
School of Nursing, Universidad Autónoma de Coahuila, Saltillo, Coah, Mexico

Learning Objective 1: Determine health status in student's elderly relatives

Learning Objective 2: To identify the relations between health variables.

Purpose: To assess the functional, mental, perceived social status and leavel of depression in nursing student’s  Elderly Relatives (ER).

Methods:   A descriptive design with a  sample size of 64 adults over 65 years old, nursing students’s relatives  at  School of Nursing from Saltillo, Coah., Mexico. Convenience sample testing was used. Functional status was measured with the Barthel scale (Basic Activities of Daily Living (ADL) and Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADL) scales;  Mental status  with Minimental State Examination (MMS-E);  Social status with the OARS scale  and depression degree with the Yesavage Geriatric Depression Scale (GDS)

Results: The mean age was 75.48 + 8.00, 57.8% was women, 57.8% widowed, 35.6% married, 84.4% Catholic, 73.3%  were worked at home, the rest had temporary jobs, 68.9% only studied up to primary level. According to the Barthel scale showed that 70% are  independent, while  25% were dependents, they dependent on the use of the wheelchair. Regarding mental function only 15% had cognitive impairment. The social situation is perceived as excellent by 50% of ER, 70% of  ER suffer mild to severe depression.

 Conclusion: Female gender was predominant. Most of the ER  nursing student’s are independent, and state of mind is good;  however most have reportd depression despite perceive their social status as well. It is important to encourage in  nursing student’s a culture of nursing care and supportive therapies involving interdisciplinary integration relatives in EP, their families and themselves as nursing students.