Background: loneliness, a common feature among elderly people, can affect health and quality of life.
Objective: this article examined affective bond and marital status among elders in “Barra do Garças”, municipality, Mato Grosso State, Midwest Brazil.
Methodology: from the 3,593 elderly people, 300 engaged in the study which had been approved by the ethical committee on research.
Results: there were more illiterate men than women (37.7% and 21.6%, respectively). In respect of income source there was a relative contingent of women with no income comparing to the men. Considering the socioeconomic class the majority of elderly, 68% belong to the less fortunate socioeconomic classes (D and E).
Conclusion: it has been observed a higher contingent of elderly people with no affective bond or living alone which influence the quality of life of those elderly by increasing the psychosocial as well as the health-related risks, which was widely discussed according to the world’s scientific literature.
Published on: Jun 30, 2016 Pages: 24-27
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