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Arch Gerontol Geriatr. 2012 Mar-Apr;54(2):298-304. doi: 10.1016/j.archger.2011.05.021. Epub 2011 Jul 20.

Memory complaints in the elderly: quality of life and daily living activities. A population based study.

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Centre for the Prevention of Cognitive Impairment, Public Health Institute, Madrid Salud, Madrid City Council, Spain. montejop@madrid.es

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

We investigate whether Subjective Memory Complaints (SMC) are associated with specific aspects of quality of life and activities of daily living.

METHODS:

Cross-sectional descriptive epidemiological study (random sample of the non-institutionalized census population): 1637 subjects over 64 years. SMC were obtained through questions regarding memory complaints. Coop/Wonca questionnaire, Katz Index and Lawton Scale were also administrated.

RESULTS:

A significant association between SMC with global quality of life and every dimension of quality of life is found (p<0.05). There is also a significant association with every item of Lawton Scale (p<0.001) and Katz Index (p<0.01). Variables associated with SMC identified by logistic regression are: difficulties in using telephone, in taking medication, in social activities and a low self perceived health.

DISCUSSION:

Subjects with memory complaints are a heterogeneous group. Quality of life and activities of daily living are both associated with SMC.

PMID:
21764152
DOI:
10.1016/j.archger.2011.05.021
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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