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Cognitive function is not a prognostic factor for long term functional status in older people

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Q Is cognitive function related to functional status in older people?

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Prospective cohort study.

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Family practices in the Netherlands (Maastricht Aging Study); 1993 to 2001.

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485 people aged 60 or over. Exclusion criteria: clinical diagnosis of depression or dementia; cognitive function impairment due to a medical condition.

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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. …

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  • For correspondence: S A H van Hooren, Open University of the Netherlands, School of Psychology, PO Box 2960, 6401 DL Heerlen, the Netherlands; susan.vanhooren{at}ou.nl

  • Sources of funding: Dutch Research Council: contract/grant number NWO 014-91-047 and Dutch Ministries of Education and Health and Welfare via the Steering Committee for Gerontological Research (NESTOR).

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