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Q Is cognitive function related to functional status in older people?
Prospective cohort study.
Family practices in the Netherlands (Maastricht Aging Study); 1993 to 2001.
485 people aged 60 or over. Exclusion criteria: clinical diagnosis of depression or dementia; cognitive function impairment due to a medical condition.
Sensorimotor speed, memory, and executive functioning, (compound scores derived from the relevant sections of the Stroop Colour-Word test, Concept Shifting Task, and Visual Verbal Learning Test). Analyses were adjusted for age, gender, educational level, length of follow up, and cognitive function at baseline.
Functional status (physical and mental components of the SF-36 questionnaire).
Follow up period:
Three and six years.
At baseline, higher cognitive function was significantly associated with higher functional status. However, there was no correlation …
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