ABSTRACT OBJECTIVE:To analyze the predictive ability of a functional cognitive index of mortality in the elderly.
METHODS:Cohort study performed with 1,667 elderly individuals aged more than 65 years and living in the city of São Paulo, Southeastern Brazil, between 1991 and 2001. Functional cognitive index was constructed from time orientation and executive functions (going shopping and taking medication), controlled by sociodemographic variables, life habits, morbidity, selfperception of health, hospitalizat…
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