Functional status

Functional status

Getting older is fine if one can move around and stay independent. Therefore, physical health, here referred to as ‘functional status’, is a key element of healthy ageing. It was assessed by self-reported measures such as questionnaires (Activities of Daily Living) and objective measures such as performance-based tests of limitations.

The Seven Countries Study and its related studies found associations among personal characteristics and functional status. See the links below for the full stories.

List of findings on functional status and disability

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Studies in the elderly

The Zutphen Elderly, HALE and FINE studies researched the indicators of healthy ageing.

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