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Enfermería Global

On-line version ISSN 1695-6141


SANTOS, S.S.C. et al. Diagnósticos e intervenciones de enfermería para ancianos con depresión y residentes en una institución de larga estancia (ILE). Enferm. glob. [online]. 2010, n.20. ISSN 1695-6141.

The objectives of the study are to identify depression; to propose actions in nursing that could be implemented to minimize or/and prevent signs and symptoms of depression in elderly living in a long term stay institution (ILE). Exploratory descriptive study with a qualitative approach, using as a sample one ILE of the city of Río Grande, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. The subjects studied were 55 elderly people. Two instruments to collect data were used. The application of the instruments was carried out after project approval, following the directions of Resolution 196/96. The results obtained were: elderly people between 60 and 105 years of age, being of female sex, widows followed by singles, born in Rio Grand and retired. A number of twenty elderly people presented depression and six of them borderline affective disorders. Nursing actions were focused on diagnosing impotence feelings, loss of hope, risk of loneliness, perturbed thinking process, increased disposition for spiritual well being, revealing that the elderly people feel happy and satisfied with life in spite of institutionalization. In this way, the implemented activities are providing the elderly people joy, participation and social coexistence with other people.

Keywords : Nursing; Elderly; Depression; Aging.

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