Aging is a process inherent to nature that promotes functional changes (senescence) that will appear discreetly throughout life, as all organs or systems age in a different and complex way in this process, in which changes it happens, both functional and psychological, which determine the progressive loss of the individual's ability to the
environment, causing higher vulnerability and a higher incidence of pathological processes. The prolongation of life is a reality for the Brazilian population, an excellent marker of society's achievements, however, this process represents a great political challenge, through the possibility of this evolution occurring in a pathological way, that comes along by diseases, functional incapacity and the development of a dependency.Physical and educational activities in health are practices that promote transformations in the lifestyle habits of individuals and the community, with impacts on quality of life and health, and come to contribute fundamentally to improving self-esteem, in addition to being able to reduce factors stressors, minimize the anxiety and anguish present in everyday life. Group activities are interesting and recommended, because They improve social relationships, physical and psychological health, favoring active aging and contributing to to slow down the aging process. In this regard, this project aims to: Promote health education practices, aiming at the active and healthy aging of elderly people cared for at the Instituto Paraibano de Envelhecimento. The results of the actions aim to improve the quality of life of elderly people, contributing to participation and collaboration in educational activities.
DESCRIPTORS: Physical activity. Health education. Elderly. Healthy aging