Memory complaints in the elderly: Quality of life and daily living activities

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Subtitle: A population based study
Author list: Maestu F
Publisher: Elsevier: 12 months
Publication year: 2012
Volume number: 54
Issue number: 2
Start page: 298
End page: 304
Number of pages: 7
ISSN: 0167-4943
Languages: English-Great Britain (EN-GB)


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.


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