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Journal of Aging Research
Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 612918, 7 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2012/612918
Research Article

“Conviv\^{e}ncia” Groups: Building Active and Healthy Communities of Older Adults in Brazil

1Department of Physical Education, Center of Sports, Federal University of Santa Catarina, Campus Universitário Reitor João David Ferreria Lima, Caixa Postal 476, Trindade, 88040-900 Florianópolis, SC, Brazil
2Department of Public Health, Center of Health Science, Federal University of Santa Catarina, Campus Universitário Reitor João David Ferreria Lima, Caixa Postal 476, Trindade, 88040-900 Florianópolis, SC, Brazil
3Department of Kinesiology and Community Health, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 212A Huff Hall MC-588, 1206 South Fourth Street, Champaign, IL 61820, USA
4Department of Kinesiology and Community Health, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Louise Freer Hall, 906 S. Goodwin Avenue, Urbana, IL 61801, USA

Received 15 February 2012; Revised 9 April 2012; Accepted 23 April 2012

Academic Editor: Lynn Rochester

Copyright © 2012 Tânia R. Bertoldo Benedetti et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

In old age, social groups can be a crucial component for health and well-being. In 2009-2010, a follow-up survey was carried out in Florianópolis, Brazil to understand the impact of a variety of programs established since 2002 that were designed to enhance social activities among the older adult population. This study employed two surveys within the population of older adults in Florianópolis. The first survey interviewed a total of 875 older adults in 2002, and the second survey involved 1,705 older adults between 2009 and 2010. By 2010, many new programs were offered in the community and the enrollment of older adults in social programs followed similar trends. “Convivência” groups stood out as extremely popular social groups among this population. This paper discusses some of the potential outcomes associated with participation in “convivência” groups.