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Aquatic Psychomotricity Contribution to Global and Fine Motor Skills of Elderly with Stroke

Caroline Prudente Dias, Carla Daniela Santiago Oliveira, Carlos Arthur da Silva Milhomem, Larissa de Cássia Silva Rodrigues, Marta Caroline Araújo da Paixão, Regina da Rocha Corrêa, Ana Caroline dos Santos Barbosa and Angélica Homobono Nobre

Objectives: To evaluate the effects of aquatic psychomotricity activities in the elderly with stroke sequels. Methods: This is a transversal, quantitative, and descriptive study. It consisted of a sample of fourteen elderly people, aged between 60 and 75 years, of both gender and with sequels of stroke, in which psychomotor dynamics were applied during 4 weeks. To evaluate motor skills, the Gerontopsychomotor Observation Scale was used, before and after the intervention.

Results: Six women (42.9%) and eight men (57.1%) were evaluated, with an average age of 67.2 years. When statistically comparing the initial and final evaluations, there is a significant improvement in global praxia (initial average: 21.5 and final: 26.5; p=0.001) and fine (initial average: 28.71 and final: 32, 5; p=0.046) of the participants submitted to psychomotor activities.

Conclusion: The analysis is that the aquatic psychomotor activities contributed to the improvement of the global and fine motor skills of the elderly after stroke.