BACKGROUND: Currently, the effects of individual behavior on health status had been often studied, although there are positive evidence for health in relation to lifestyle and physical activity, there
a lack of information of impact by active lifestyle at childhood in old age as well on occupational activity is still quite contradictory when associated with aging.
PURPOSE: Evaluate the influence of the practice of physical activity in childhood consumption and expenditure of medicines and occupational activity of physically active older people.
METHODS: Fifty six physically older subject voluntarily answered the international physical activity questionary (IPAQ) considering a child period (retrospective analyze) and a second instrument
containing questions regarding usage and spending on medicines and activity occupational. The subjects were distributed in two groups: active (AC) and unactive (UnC) childhood). The differences
between the parameters were analyzed by Student's t test. The statistical significance was set at p <0.05.
RESULTS: Were not found statistical differences on age (AC: 70 ± 5 vs. UnC: 69 ± 4; years), BMI (AC: 27 ± 3 vs. 28 ± 3 NA; kg/m2) and time expenditure to physical activity weekly (AC: 211 ± 97 vs.
NA: 171 ± 47; minutes) between groups. At similar way, the total cost (162 ± 86 reais), the amount of medicine (4 ± 2 unites) and the monthly income (AC: 3 ± 2, basic wages) of AC group was not
different o UnC (170 ± 104 reais, 7 ± 2 unites, 2 ± 1basic wages) groups respectively. However, significant differences (X2, p = 0.001) were found at occupational activity, and 25% of AC group had
been self related an economic activity, however, just 5% of UnC group presented autonomy to economic activity by self.
CONCLUSION: The study results indicate that the fact that the elderly have been physically active in childhood does not interfere in the number and total drug spending, however, it was found
association between performance in the labor market in the INA group. Indicating a tendency to predisposition to work in older who reported being physically active in childhood while increasing