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SILVA, Andreza Mariz da; LIMA, Priscilla Melo Ribeiro de  and  SOUSA, Marylia Glenda Lopes Dep. Body and aging: The experience of the social role of elderly men with chronic cardiovascular disease. Rev. SBPH [online]. 2021, vol.24, n.1, pp. 64-78. ISSN 1516-0858.

The article aimed to understand how chronic disease affects the perception of the social role of elderly men from the social construction of old age, and how old age, as a social category, has implications for the subjectivity of these subjects, their social and working relations. This is a qualitative and descriptive research, carried out from a semi-structured interview. The study was carried out in a university hospital, with ten men, aged between 60 and 76 years, with chronic cardiovascular disease. The data were analyzed from the thematic axes listed in the interview: Physical illness; Aging; Social role; then, the nuclei of meaning found from the interviewees' statements were exposed. It is concluded that chronic disease and aging bring significant changes regarding the autonomy and social relationships of these subjects, and the way each one perceives this process is associated with family support, and the social role played. The social role of an elderly man is a factor that significantly affects health care and the subjective experience of the aging process.

Keywords : aging; chronic cardiovascular disease; body; masculinity.

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