Age-related Changes in Respiratory Function and Daily Living. A Tentative Model Including Psychosocial Variables, Respiratory Diseases and Cognition

Author(s): David Facal , Francisco-Javier González-Barcala .

Journal Name: Current Aging Science

Volume 9 , Issue 1 , 2016

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Abstract:

Changes in respiratory function are common in older populations and affect quality of life, social relationships, cognitive function and functional capacity. This paper reviews evidence reported in medical and psychological journals between 2000 and 2014 concerning the impact of changes in respiratory function on daily living in older adults. A tentative model establishes relationships involving respiratory function, cognitive function and functional capacities. The conclusion stresses the need for both longitudinal studies, to establish causal pathways between respiratory function and psychosocial aspects in aging, and intervention studies.

Keywords: Aging, asthma, cognition, dementia risk, functional capacity, lung function, respiratory function.

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VOLUME: 9
ISSUE: 1
Year: 2016
Page: [71 - 76]
Pages: 6
DOI: 10.2174/1874609809666151123102901

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